Skip to comments.DPS cuts Occupy Austinís Capitol protest short
Posted on 11/26/2011 3:15:58 PM PST by cweese
Update, 5 p.m.
Occupy Austin protestors left the Capitol peacefully after Texas Department of Public Safety troopers notified them that they could only stay for three hours in a 24 hour period without a permit.
DPS officials werent immediately available to comment on the rules surrounding protests on Capitol grounds. Troopers at the Capitol declined to comment.
Update, 3:50 p.m.
About 30 protestors have now gathered at the Capitol. Ihor Gowda, who has participated with Occupy Austin since its inception in October, said that troopers with the Department of Public Safety have informed protestors that there is a 10 p.m.-6 a.m. curfew for group activities.
Gowda said the protestors will likely observe that.
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Three hours a day is adequate for freedom of speech and assembly. “Occupation” in the sense of public nuisance, disturbing the peace, and creating a health hazard is not what the First Amendment is about.