Free Speech Zone is to open dialogue and freedom of speech as cattle cars are to public transportation. It isn't just foolish to allow one self to be paraded off like a monkey at the zoo. It is self-destructive.
With a few exceptions, as there are no absolutes in life, anyone should be able to say anything anywhere. Of course this does not mean shouting fire in a crowded theater. But the reverse is also true, if you comply with zoned free speech you end up not communicating with the public, which is exactly what the powers that be want. Free speech is the right to communicate, verbal intercourse. Being told by 'organizers' or police that you will only be allowed to demonstrate, as they see fit is to jump their hoops.
Also people pointing this out were denounced as cops. How sad that an editor of Portland IndyMedia had to attack a posting questioning openness by saying words like "free speech and censorship" have no meaning here.
Well the Cheney visit is over so those who want to work to make Portland IndyMedia stronger though "No Fear to Speak" can continue on. I only get posted about half the time these days, so have fun with what ever you make of this site. I would rather stand with four other demonstrators at a time and place we picked than with four hundred who followed the leader or cops to a Free Speech Zone. I have never stood in an oxymoron. After seeing the cage I have to ask "whose cage, Our CAGE"?
Good-bye and Good luck Portland