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The Right to Protest

Every person and every group has the right to freedom of assembly, freedom of association and freedom of speech in a peaceful manner. Protesting is not necessarily violent nor is it enacted to endanger the safety of others, but when riots break out and bricks are thrown, and buildings are burned, the freedoms are placed on the side, so real revolutionaries can take over. We cannot confuse the peaceful protesters who want change with the hard core violent agents who are committed to destroying businesses.

The current protests, everyone has that right, are for the most part peaceful but in cities across the US, these protests have been hijacked. Freedom of expression and speech allows every citizen to speak his or her mind about the George Floyd death at the hands of Minneapolis police – now all four cops have been fired and charges are being brought against them. Now over 20 cities are being subject to curfews, after suffering hundreds of attacks that resulted in buildings torched and burned to the ground.

When protests are hijacked by mobs of haters who clearly do not care about George Floyd and his memory, free speech and freedom of association are challenged. The peaceful protests should be about George Floyd and not burning down a city.

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