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What is your response to this article about Occupy Wall Street?

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My response to this is that I support the clearing of the park where the Occupy Wall Street protests were being held.  Protests, like other forms of speech, are regulated by time, place, and manner restrictions.  What that means is that people have the right to speak out or to demonstrate, but they do not have the right to do so in ways that endanger public health, cause major public nuisances, or which cause other sorts of problems for the community.  This is why, for example, you cannot go around blaring your opinions over a loudspeaker in a residential neighborhood at midnight.

This is essentially what OWS was doing.  They were making their opinions heard through actions that endangered public health and which took away the public's ability to use a public space (the park).  This is simply not acceptable, particularly over a long period of time.

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