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Right To Peaceful Assembly: The Boston Tea Party

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Right to Peaceful Assembly
The right to have a peaceful assembly has been in the blood since before the American Revolution. The original protest that received world fame and ideology-for which that we believed in our right for independence and a better life (even though it wasn’t really peaceful) was the Boston Tea Party on December 16, 1773. This was a protest in the dead of night as a few men disguised themselves as Indians to dump tea into the Boston Harbor. As time went on, we won the Revolution but we had to make many new laws for our unique nation. The Bill of Rights gave us the first 10 amendments for the people to follow, and enclosed in the very first amendment is the right to a peaceful assembly.
What that means should be literal as it has ‘peaceful’ in the name. This right is not absolute; the Government cannot stop a public assembly as they like. They can create certain restrictions on the location, time, and method of the peaceful assembly, with the safeguards met (Winston, Andrew). The United States has rules that the organizer of a public assembly needs to typically apply for and obtain a permit in advance from the local police department or other local governmental body (Winston, Andrew). Applications for permits usually require information about the specific
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