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Capitol police close area facing First St.

Allison Klein reports from the Capitol:

The Capitol police are now closing down the area in front of the Capitol, the lower west terrace section that faces First St. They said they are putting up metal barriers because during the last big protest in January, protesters spray painted the area. As long as protesters keep their "die-in" on First St., the police will close the street to cars and let them demonstrate. But if anyone trespasses or damages property there will be arrests, police said.

By Aruna Jain |  September 15, 2007; 1:23 PM ET
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Thanks for keeping us up to date about those crazed dangerous and irrational anti-war protesters Aruna. It's a good thing we live in a free country and you can report that protesters are dangerous, irrational, disrespect property, etc...

Posted by: Steve | September 15, 2007 1:39 PM

Steve, perhaps you need a remedial reading class. Aruna didn't make any such statements about protestors. Aruna reported facts about the police policy and the official explanation given by them. The facts about protestors spray painting are just that: facts, not opinion.

Perhaps you should save your self righteous sarcasm for use in some context where it is at least marginally applicable.

Posted by: Frank | September 15, 2007 1:46 PM

This was a lightening rod in January and reporting it is certainly newsworthy, Steve, with all due respect. Not to mention my personal feelings on the matter, which are that vandalism (meaning destruction or lasting defacement of public or private property) does not fall under civil disobedience. But hey, if you're up for that sort of thing......

Posted by: Kendall | September 15, 2007 1:47 PM

The castigation of anyone who exhibits their right to assembly is simply not American.
I lost a leg and and have had so much internal damage I required a complete heart and kidney transplant. All of these things are "in line of duty", so I know what it feels like to pay the price for freedom and I think anyone who has negative things to say about our Constitutional rights is insulting the millions who have led, not so pretty, lives to stand the line for you.

I supported the peoples right to assemble and question the government in 1967 and I still do. To be so narrow minded as as to not be willing to vocally support the laws of the country is hypocritical.

Posted by: RetCombatVet | September 15, 2007 1:55 PM

Kendall, Frank, Aruna focuses on a small, very small, proportion of protesters who engage in destruction to public property. Are you seriously unable to see the transparent bias in such a focus?
The frame Frank and Kendall, the frame...it's not that hard a concept to wrap your heads around.

Posted by: Steve | September 15, 2007 2:08 PM

So if the police are shutting down the street so the protesters can have their die-in doesn't that negate the whole "civil disobedience" aspect of it?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2007 2:20 PM

Steve wrote: Kendall, Frank, Aruna focuses on a small, very small, proportion of protesters who engage in destruction to public property.

A few irrational protester can cause a LOT of damage both physically, financially and possible bodily. Maybe you can realize just one of the reasons why we must defeat terrorism and make it unacceptable every where. These terrorists and aberrant dictators can create big problems with the smaller, more sophisticated, deadlier weapons if they are allowed to exist and grow in any country...if unchecked will only worsen. The sovereignty of these countries in this day comes into question.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2007 2:32 PM

So now you're equating spray painting anti-war propaganda on the Capitol steps to terrorism. Yeah, that's intellectually honest.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2007 2:34 PM

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