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Where did I say that you had to provide a microphone to protesters? Or, for that matter, that protesters were allowed to disturb the gathering? (But then, protesters aren't allowed to disturb public gatherings in public either.)

But if someone wants to, say, hand out leaflets against striking at such a meeting, or stand in front of the podium with a banner against striking, I would be hard pressed to find any solid grounds for prohibiting that.

Now, I could very easily find a solid argument that people who were being paid to do that could be excluded. "Open to all non-commercial activities" is a perfectly valid restriction, and astroturfing is a commercial activity.

But then, I don't believe in protecting paid speech anyway.

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Fri Aug 31st, 2012 at 10:28:21 AM EST
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