Protest permit

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A protest permit or parade permit is permission granted by a governmental agency for a demonstration to be held in a particular venue at a particular time. Failing to obtain a permit may lead to charges of parading without a permit. The requirement of a permit is sometimes denounced as an infringement of free speech,[1] as permits are denied on spurious grounds or protestors are corralled into free speech zones. Permits are sometimes denied on grounds that the protest will create a security risk.[2] There seems to be evidence that the available venues for protests are shrinking in number; that citizens have experienced increasing difficulty in gaining unrestricted access to them; and that such venues are no longer where most people typically congregate in large numbers.[3] In Washington, DC, the National Park Service Police, U.S. Capitol Police, and Metropolitan Police of the District of Columbia have an elaborate permitting system.[4] Many famous people such as Martin Luther King, Jr. have been arrested for protesting without a permit.

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  1. ^ The Interaction of State Repression, Protest Form and Protest Sponsor Strength During the Transition from Communism in Minsk, Belarus, 1990-1995, 6 (2), Mobilization: An International Quarterly, Fall 2001, pp. 129–150 
  2. ^ D Mitchell, LA Staeheli (2005), Permitting protest: parsing the fine geography of dissent in America, International Journal of Urban 
  3. ^ Places of Protest: The Public Forum in Principle and Practice, 11 (2), Mobilization: An International Quarterly, June 2006, pp. 229–247 
  4. ^ Donatella Della Porta, Herbert Reiter, Policing protest: the control of mass demonstrations in Western democracies