Over the past few years, the common tactic for all the protesters to show their message to the world has been to block major highways or any other important busy roads.
Disruption has always been a part of the left-wing play book. The right to assemble must be peaceful and there’s a process for petitioning the government. The left will always resort to breaking the law for advancing their agenda.
These forms of protests have turned so many lives in danger because of what they are doing is incredibly unsafe.
However, one Minnesota lawmaker, Rep. state Kathy Lohmer, recently introduced legislation that would bring higher penalties for those who tried to block traffic in future protests.
For example, currently in Minnesota blocking a highway is only a “simple misdemeanor”, which is punished by 90 days in jail, and a $1,000 fine. But under the Lohmer’s law, the charge would be upgraded drastically.
This law will punish those for a maximum of 1 year in jail, and the fine of $3,000. And I’m sure that someone will think twice before stopping traffic.
“People worry about if they’re in an ambulance trying to get to the hospital, they’re in a car trying to get to the airport or trying to visit someone who’s sick and dying, they can’t get where they need to go,” writes Conservative Tribune.
Minnesota has had to deal with many traffic blocking protests recently, including several over office-involved shooting, and anti-Trump protests. Hope that the Minnesota lawmakers will adopt this legislation, and that way, reduce the number of this kind of protests.
Doug Ericksen said Wednesday he is preparing a bill that would create a new crime of “economic terrorism” that would allow felony prosecution of protesters who block streets, cause property damage, threaten jobs and put public safety at risk.
Ericksen said the bill, which is being prepared for next year’s legislative session, would allow felony prosecution “of those who intentionally break the law to intimidate or coerce private citizens or the government by obstructing economic activity,” reportsConservative Daily Post.
The ACLU and civil rights attorneys have expressed concern over the bill, claiming that it limits the ability of protesters to exercise their rights. But it doesn’t mean that someone should endanger other people’s lives and stop commerce just because they are angry of something. As previously stated, there is a peaceful process to petitioning the government.
Protesting on highways is a really dangerous thing, let’s hope that this law will be adopted ASAP.
Do you support this law, punishing protesters who are blocking traffic?