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  •  Here's specificallwhat GP was enjoined from doing: (5+ / 0-)

    a. Breaking into or trespassing on [specified] vessels;

    b. Tortiously or illegally interfering with the
    operation, movement or progress of [specified]
    vessels;

    c. Barricading, blocking, or preventing access to or
    egress from [specified] vessels;

    d. Tortiously or illegally endangering or threatening
    any employee, contractor or visitor of Shell or any
    of its affiliates who is present on, or as they enter
    or exit, [specified] vessels.

    I know there are some direct action protesters here at DK, and more who support such actions if not engaging in them personally.  But, the reality of this kind of stuff is that it's illegal.  That's the whole point of your action, right?  So it shouldn't come as a surprise that governments and people or companies who are on the receiving end of them would use the law (and law enforcement, since this stuff is illegal) to put an end to it.  There's nothing here new or controversial.  Call trespassing, breaking into someone's property, and blockading vessels "protesting" all you want ... but there's ZERO argument that any of that stuff is, or ever has been considered protected First Amendment activity.

    "There is nothing impossible to him who will try." -Alexander the Great

    by The Octopus on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 09:09:22 AM PDT

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