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RNC in Tampa: What not to bring!
by Jarrod Scarbrough
Sunday Aug 19th, 2012 3:02 PM
Well, as many of you know, Tampa is about to host the Republican National Convention. Obviously, there will be a lot of protest activity around the convention. There will be demonstrations, rallies, marches, you name it, it will probably be happening throughout the week of 08-27. What you aren't hearing a lot about is the list of prohibited items in what is being called the "event zone". Kind of long and confusing, but if you are planning on heading out to protest, you really should spend some time looking not only at the list, but the full ordinance for the RNC.

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It is important to think outside of the box when looking at the list. For instance, puppets (except for maybe sock puppets) would be prohibited because their parts may fit into several of the prohibited item categories. Want to wave the rainbow flag? Don't do so with a flagpole unless it is less than less than 2 inches wide and 1/4 inch thick. Basically, there isn't much you CAN bring other than yourself and signs (be sure if you have posts holding those signs up that they are "within" dimensions. I URGE anybody planning on protesting to pay close attention to this list so as not to give authorities a reason to badger you or arrest you.

Anything made of lumber, wood, or wood product unless it is 1/4 inch or less in thickness and 2 inches or less in width, or if not rectangular in shape, it shall not exceed 3/4 inch in its thickest dimension. If an item does not exceed these dimensions it is allowed only if the object is not filled with any material, liquid or gas
and both ends of the length of lumber, wood, or other wood product are blunt and not pointed.

Anything made of metal, plastic, or any other hard material whether hollow or solid shall not exceed 3/4 inch thickness in its thickest dimension, and 1/8 inch in wall thickness. If an item does not exceed these dimensions it is allowed only if the object is not filled with any material, liquid or gas
and both ends of the length of lumber, wood, or other wood product are blunt and not pointed.

Aerosol cans.

The following items, defined as weapons: air rifle, air pistol, paintball rifle, explosive, blasting cap(s), switchblade, hatchet, ax, slingshot, BB gun, pellet gun, wrist shot, slung shot, blackjack, metal knuckles, nun chucks, mace, iron buckle, ax handle, chain, crowbar, hammer, shovel or any club or bludgeon or any other instrumentality used or intended to be used to cause property or personal damage. (except for guns, if you have a carry permit, you can have guns -- yeah, that still makes no sense).

Any container or inflatable device filled with urine, fecal matter, blood or any other bodily fluid.

Any container filled with any liquid, solid or gas.

Any projectile launcher or other device which may be used for the purpose of launching, hurling, throwing or spraying any object, liquid material or other substance. The prohibited items shall include but are not limited
to, water guns, super soakers and water cannons.

Rope, chain, string, strapping wire, cable, string, line, tape, or any other material of a similar nature, having tensile strength greater than 30 pounds and length greater than 6 feet.

Frangible containers of any kind, including, without limitation, glass bottles, glass ornaments, light bulbs, or ceramic vessels, regardless of whether the container holds any substance.

Locks including, without limitation, padlocks, bicycle locking devices, chain locks or similar devices, but not including: (i) an integral component of a conveyance or structure; (ii) locks when utilized by the owner of private real property to secure permanent or temporary fencing; or (iii) locks attached to a bicycle.

Material designed, intended or readily adaptable for use as a portable shield but not including, common umbrellas made primarily of fabric or soft vinyl without metal tips or other potentially hazardous modification.

Any gas mask or similar device designed to filter all air breathed by the wearer in an attempt to protect the respiratory tract and/or face against irritating or noxious gasses or other materials. This prohibition on gas masks shall not apply to any person wearing a medical oxygen mask that fits over the nose and mouth of the person and oxygen from an oxygen tank to the person.

It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to wear any mask, or device whereby any portion of the face is hidden, concealed or covered as to conceaI the identity of the wearer in the Event Zone. The following persons are exempt from this prohibition:
(A) Governmental employees in the performance of their official duties; and
(B) Any person in the Public Viewing Area; and
(C) Any person parading in a parade in the Official Parade Route.

It shall be unlawful for any person to throw, project, hurl or launch any object with the intent to cause intimidation, apprehension, injury, harm or damage to any person or property.

It shall be unlawful for any person to set, light, or use any fire, bonfire, campfire, or fire pit on public property without a permit, or on private property without written consent from property owner.

The list goes on to name other things which are pretty much normally against the law such as blocking public right of way on sidewalks, streets, repelling down buildings, performing a "sleeping dragin", public urination and defecation, camping in public places, and so on.

Below is a map of what is considered the "event zone" during the RNC.


§Tampa RNC "Event Zone" includes all of downtown and more
by Jarrod Scarbrough Sunday Aug 19th, 2012 3:02 PM

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by Retired Union Worker
Sunday Aug 19th, 2012 3:17 PM
Instead of protesting at a Republican or Democratic Party conventions, where the ruling class puts on a circus to select the people to fleece and oppress us, the need is to to build a revolutionary workers party that will struggle for a workers' government and rule society in a socialist system. The age of reform has long sinced past and the capitalist class is in crisis mode as they increase their oppression. Such increase of political repression is a historical fact in any economic decline especially when a system is on the ropes and that should be ended. So don't spin your wheels yelling at the fat and oppressive - get to work building a political alternative.
so, does this outlaw handkerchiefs soaked in vinegar too? what about protective glasses?

I agree that no one should ever attempt to protect themselves from noxious gases. just who do people think they are, trying to avoid discomfort if the government so chooses to disperse chemical weapons against them?

maybe demonstrators should be required to wear those forced-eye-open things from A Clockwork Orange and then public retinal scanners strategically placed on light poles every fifty yards could detect if they were republican or not and those deemed to be in opposition to the convention's politics could be sprayed in the face with automatic pepper spray machines mounted alongside the retinal scanners. that would learn 'em!
by freedom fighter
Sunday Aug 19th, 2012 9:17 PM
Don't let the government rules control your actions, either offensively or defensively. Be careful, but don't let the bastards get you down. If you let them control your freedom, the terrorists have already won.

if you get busted, call the National Lawyers Guild.