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City Rejects Permit For Anti-War Rally During GOP Convention

The New York City Parks Department has rejected a permit by United For Peace and Justice to hold an anti-war rally in Central Park during the Republican National Convention. The city claims the permit was rejected because it said the crowd would be too large. UFPJ applied for the permit in June, 14 months before the Aug. 29 event. The police department has yet to decide whether to grant the group a march permit on that day. More from the Associated Press

From the archives: In February of 2003, the city rejected a permit for UFPJ to organize a mass anti-war march on Feb. 15, the global day of protest. This is how the Village Voice aptly summed up the situation at the time:

"The Bloomberg Administration's refusal to let antiwar activists march in New York reflects a certain Orwellian logic: Because the turnout on Saturday is expected to be so large, marching past the United Nations, or indeed anywhere in New York City, has been deemed an 'unacceptable risk to public safety.' In other words, because so many people feel compelled to demonstrate against what they feel is a potentially catastrophic path to war in Iraq, peace activists have been labeled a security threat."

Update: In an editorial titled "Lefties on the Lawn" the New York Post criticizes the city for rejecting the permit. While the Post decribes UFPG as "lefty agitators" it defends the group's right to demonstrate in a public park.

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