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Preamble: I agree 100% that the NYPD police used unconscionable tactics in suppressing freedom of speech and assembly at the RNC, and apparently in prosecuting people afterwards. That's the main story.

I'm only writing about your last paragraph, to say that I happened to follow the RNC-leased-Pier 57 story a while late last summer too, and came across this, by "radical reference", saying (fwiw) that the Hudson River Park Trust people told him the NYPD had leased the Pier 57, not the RNC. I saw nothing in (skimming) the myDD account that moves that subplot forward from there.

Brilliant post, Rob! I had the same thoughts going through my head when I read the NYT article.

I'll second Helga. Great post.

The mass arrests at the RNC send a clear message: raise your voice and you'll get busted. In a time where everyone's employment is fragile (unless of course your last name rhymes with Tush) you start to second guess what the outcome of even the most peaceful protest will be.

Hi Thomas - Thanks for those links about the Pier. It would be keen if the NYT thought any of this was worth investigating.

Hey, great post. I heard about this on Air America Radio this morning. You know, I was wondering if anything would come about in regards to the protesters during the RNC. It might take awhile, but let's hope this is plastered everywhere.

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