Federal Lawsuit Filed By Bush Protesters

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A federal lawsuit has been filed by New Mexicans who were protesting against President George Bush last year, who was appearing as part of a fund raising event. The lawsuit claims that the protesters were kept further away from the president by authorities than his supporters were. The lawsuit was filed earlier this month by the American Civil Liberties Union, and represents two anti-war groups and nine individuals.

The lawsuit claims that the First and Fourteenth Amendments were violated, and claims that police discriminated against the viewpoint of protesters. The demonstration took place last year, when protesters lined the streets near the home of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque Mayor Larry Abraham, where the president was holding a private fundraiser.

According to reports many of those protesting were upset over the war in Iraq. The lawsuit states that the protesters who were “peacefully expressing disagreement with the views of the president” were made to stand 150 yards from the driveway of the property, whereas Bush supporters were allowed to stand just across from the property.

Peter Simonson, executive director of the ACLU of New Mexico, stated: “That sounds like an unabashed prescription for viewpoint discrimination and disregard for the First Amendment.”

 

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