United States: Protesting a ‘Tax’ on Protests
In response to the Trump administration’s proposal that demonstrators pay the National Park Service a fee for protests on Park Service lands in Washington, including areas facing the White House, Freedom House issued the following statement:
“Proposals to charge demonstrators a fee for protests on public land in Washington are subtle but deeply disturbing attacks on the freedoms of speech and assembly,” said Michael J. Abramowitz, president of Freedom House. “The right to peaceful protest is a crucial democratic value. It knows no party, and in the United States it has never been reserved for favored causes or groups. Public protests in Washington have represented the full breadth of the political spectrum and have collectively enriched our freedoms. Freedom House urges the Trump administration to abandon these proposed restrictions.”
Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization that supports democratic change, monitors the status of freedom around the world, and advocates for democracy and human rights.