2021-04-26 11:16:10

GOP Criminalizes Dissent with Anti-Riot Laws Targeting Black Lives Matter & Anti-Pipeline Protests

Democracy Now! looks at a slew of anti-protest laws pending in Republican-led states, and some that have already passed, such as in Florida, where Republican Governor Ron DeSantis signed a controversial measure known as the “anti-riot bill” that is widely viewed as a response to the Black Lives Matter movement and calls to “defund the police.”

Under the new law, a public gathering of three or more people can be classified as a “riot,” and anyone who “willingly” participates in such a gathering can be charged with a third-degree felony.

Many of the anti-protest bills pending in other states have the exact same language as the Florida plan. “These are really extreme laws,” says Nick Robinson, a senior legal adviser with the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, which has tracked 81 anti-protest bills introduced in 34 states so far this year.

They “expand the definition of rioting” in order “to target protesters,” Robinson tells Democracy Now!

Democracy Now! produces a daily, global, independent news hour hosted by award-winning journalists Amy Goodman and Juan González. lOur reporting includes breaking daily news headlines and in-depth interviews with people on the front lines of the world’s most pressing issues. 

On DN!, you’ll hear a diversity of voices speaking for themselves, providing a unique and sometimes provocative perspective on global events.

Missed an episode?  Check out DN on FSTV VOD anytime or visit the show page for the latest clips.

#FreeSpeechTV is one of the last standing national, independent news networks committed to advancing progressive social change. 

#FSTV is available on Dish, DirectTV, AppleTV, Roku, Sling, and online at freespeech.org.

Amy Goodman Anti-Pipeline Anti-riot Anti-Riot Laws Black Lives Matter Democracy Now! Demonstrations Florida Free Speech TV GOP International Center for Not-for-Profit Law Nick Robinson Protests Republican Party Ron DeSantis

Politics

The David Pakman Show

Fox News Has Stricter Vaccine Policy Than Biden's Proposal

Fox News Has Stricter Vaccine Policy Than Biden's Proposal

The David Pakman Show

Nicki Minaj Debunked by Disgusted Trinidadian Official

Nicki Minaj Debunked by Disgusted Trinidadian Official

The David Pakman Show

Trump Wants General Charged with Treason for Exposing Trump's Idiocy

Trump Wants General Charged with Treason for Exposing Trump's Idiocy

The Thom Hartmann Program

Fox News Employees Almost All Fully Vaccinated

Fox News Employees Almost All Fully Vaccinated

Related

Democracy Now!

“Another World Is Possible”: How Occupy Wall Street Reshaped Politics, Kicked Off New Era of Protest

“Another World Is Possible”: How Occupy Wall Street Reshaped Politics, Kicked Off New Era of Protest

Democracy Now!

“Systemic Failure”: Top Gymnasts Blast FBI for Bungling Sexual Abuse Probe of Dr. Larry Nassar

“Systemic Failure”: Top Gymnasts Blast FBI for Bungling Sexual Abuse Probe of Dr. Larry Nassar

Democracy Now!

The Other Afghan Women: Rural Areas Hope Taliban Rule Will End Decades of U.S. & Warlord Violence

The Other Afghan Women: Rural Areas Hope Taliban Rule Will End Decades of U.S. & Warlord Violence

Democracy Now!

El Salvador Becomes First Nation to Make Bitcoin Legal Tender Amid Growing Authoritarianism

El Salvador Becomes First Nation to Make Bitcoin Legal Tender Amid Growing Authoritarianism

Proud Partners