US: Largest protests since ’60s spur state crackdown bills
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US: Largest protests since ’60s spur state crackdown bills

As demonstrators take to the streets to protest President Donald Trump, statehouses across the US are devising legal tools to regulate public dissent, with at least 10 bills to limit protests introduced in recent months nationwide. The bills, which critics say impinge on constitutional freedoms, call for prison time and fines for disruption of roads and traffic, the banning of masks at protests, and the imprisonment of people who taunt ex-officials. “I’ve been monitoring free speech legislation for about a dozen years now,” said Lee Rowland of the ACLU, “and I’ve never seen anti-protest legislation in the states anywhere near as large as we’re seeing this year.”


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