Protecting the July 2004 Democrat convention in Boston, curtailing free speech
“Romney … requested federal spending as Massachusetts governor. The Associated Press reported in 2004 that Romney met with appropriations committee member Robert Bennett, a Republican senator from Utah, to secure extra money in the defense budget for security in Boston during the Democratic National Convention. Boston got an additional $25 million, on top of $25 million that was previously approved.” [Shira Schoenberg, Boston Globe, 2-13-12]
Here’s what it helped pay for: the anti-free-speech “protest pen” a block from the DNC Convention Center entrance, enclosed by chain-link fence and concertina wire, and patrolled by armed National Guard troops, commanded by Governor Romney. (Photos below.) Most of the photos are in downtown Boston. But a few at the end are in Lexington, Mass. where a special re-enactment of the Revolutionary battle was held for conventioneers (though very few attended). Again, the local police were out in force, keeping protesters corralled behind barriers, and not even allowing lawful movement on public sidewalks.
I was there. It was an outrage.
(BTW, this is the convention where Obama gave his “coming out” speech. And nominee John Kerry was then still saying he opposed same-sex marriage.)
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