1. Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers. This Article shall not prevent States from requiring the licensing of broadcasting, television or cinema enterprises.
2. The exercise of these freedoms, since it carries with it duties and responsibilities, may be subject to such formalities, conditions, restrictions or penalties as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society, in the interests of national security, territorial integrity or public safety, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, for the protection of the reputation or rights of others, for preventing the disclosure of information received in confidence, or for maintaining the authority and impartiality of the judiciary.
Americans don't have freedom of speech. It's a ridiculously common misunderstanding. What the First Amendment says is "Congress shall make no law ..." etc. It does nothing to protect your freedom of speech in any context whatsoever apart from the very narrow context of laws made by Congress.
JPD: Wow the Metro Police Commissioner comes off like a real fucking star in that article. Aren't there any adults to keep things calm and let people express themselves. Is there some class thing between the police and the student protesters that might not come across to Americans.
Resentment towards the students may well have something to do with anti-intellectualism, but from the comments I've been reading it seems to be more to do with the idea of students being lazy freeloaders, just like benefit recipients.
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