From the NYPD's website,http://www.nyc.gov/h...q.html#protests
NYPD, on Now,Cyberspace, said:
WILL THERE BE PROTESTS?
Large numbers of demonstrators are expected to stage protests in the vicinity of the venue. The main demonstration area is on Eighth Avenue extending south from 31st Street for as far as necessary depending upon the size of the crowd. Significant crowds could impede the flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic throughout the area. The largest demonstration is expected on Sunday August 29th, resulting in the closure of 7th Avenue between 14th and 34th Street, 34th Street between 7th and 12th Avenue, and the West Side Highway from 34th Street to Chambers Street.
Now I don't know NYC. But what I read there is that demonstrations are and will be allowed. It's the venue that's in question. (I don't know if the areas in square footage are comparable, either.) Further, from apparently the organizer's website, http://www.unitedfor...cle.php?id=1810
United for Peace and Justice, on Now,Cyberspace, said:
WE ARE MARCHING! We are very disappointed in the New York State Supreme Court ruling, denying our request to rally in Central Park. But make no mistake: Our August 29 protest march is still happening! We have an agreement with the City for a legal, peaceful march past Madison Square Garden, the site of the Republican Convention, and we are negotiating with the New York Police Department for a safe, peaceful, and orderly closure of the day's events.
It reads to me like this UPJ group was lawfully told that they couldn't use a particular venue on a particular day. Political motivation? Maybe yes, maybe no, but this group's cause is certainly advanced by screaming that it was. I'm not reading it as denial of lawful assembly, at least when I blow the spin away.
-LV, not a Bush nor Kerry supporter