US Congress passes authoritarian anti-protest law
By Tom Carter
3 March 2012

A bill passed Monday in the US House of Representatives and Thursday in the Senate would make it a felony—a serious criminal offense punishable by lengthy terms of incarceration—to participate in many forms of protest associated with the Occupy Wall Street protests of last year. Several commentators have dubbed it the “anti-Occupy” law, but its implications are far broader.

The bill—H.R. 347, or the “Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011”—was passed by unanimous consent in the Senate, while only Ron Paul and two other Republicans voted against the bill in the House of Representatives (the bill passed 388-3). Not a single Democratic politician voted against the bill.

The virtually unanimous passage of H.R. 347 starkly exposes the fact that, despite all the posturing, the Democrats and the Republicans stand shoulder to shoulder with the corporate and financial oligarchy, which regarded last year’s popular protests against social inequality with a mixture of fear and hostility.

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3 Comments to “Congress passes anti-protest law (Senate unanimous; all but 3 in House vote “aye”)”

  • Thanks for posting this.

    I am on the email lists of a number of Democratic Party affiliated groups and did not once in the last few weeks get any information on this bill. What I got instead was continuous emails from them warning me that jackbooted Republicans who only regard women as fetus ovens where ready to take away what is (to these Democrats, anyway) the most fundamental right enshrined in the Bill of Rights. And, no, I am not talking about the right of peaceable assembly or free speech or a free press.

    Once again a hotbutton issue is used by the Tweedledee party to make us afraid of the Tweedledum party. Meanwhile, our rights disappear and no one takes notice.

  • Maybe they should have waited a while until it could have been 357 – thanks for the heads up I’ll check it out

  • First NDAA, now this….next they’ll have hidden cameras in our homes, and our phones will be bugged….


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