Locking Out the Voices of Dissent by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
Writer, Dandelion Salad
July 15, 2013

#D17 Protest and My Arrest

Image by zroberts via Flickr

NEW YORK—The security and surveillance state, after crushing the Occupy movement and eradicating its encampments, has mounted a relentless and largely clandestine campaign to deny public space to any group or movement that might spawn another popular uprising. The legal system has been grotesquely deformed in most cities to, in essence, shut public space to protesters, eradicating our right to free speech and peaceful assembly. The goal of the corporate state is to criminalize democratic, popular dissent before there is another popular eruption. Continue reading