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    "The right of the people peaceably to assemble, to consult for the common good, and to petition the government, or any department thereof, shall never be abridged."
    The quoted part of the Wisconsin constitution says the legislature will make no laws prohibiting peaceful assembly.  And indeed, the Wisconsin legislature has made no such laws.

    However, one may still get arrested and hauled away for a variety of other reasons: trespass, curfew, disturbing the peace, vagrancy, failure to follow a police order, littering, obstructing a public walkway, failure to show a valid permit, creating a nuisance, public expectoration, etc, etc, on and on.  

    So even if you are holding up a sign declaring your legal right to assemble, you can still be arrested on a whole host of charges.  All perfectly legal, all above board.  Yes, the signs tell the police which person to arrest, but when the charges are read, they will say "failure to follow a lawful police order", not "assembling and petitioning the government".

    On a more positive note: you can be sure that these protests have put a mighty bug up the asses of some conservatives.  Nothing less than a might bug up the ass would motivate these tyros to get up off the couch, gather up some armed frineds, and go get a permit to sing sophmoric songs at the capital building for an afternoon (did they bring a keg of beer to help loose inhibitions and bring courage, as well?).

    And FWIW, the arrests also suggest the protests are pissing off some more powerful people in the capital.

    My thanks as well for this article.  God bless you and those arrested.

    "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

    by Hugh Jim Bissell on Tue Jul 30, 2013 at 06:56:02 AM PDT

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