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In the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave


With just three days to go before the June 5 March on the Pentagon,
the Arlington County Police have denied the June 5th demonstration the
right to march on a small stretch of Virginia roadway between the
Vietnam Veterans' Memorial, located in Washington DC, and the Pentagon
building, located in Virginia.  This is an arbitrary and political
decision.  It is an outrageous attempt to violate the first amendment
right to free speech.  It is an attempt to either stop the June 5th
March on the Pentagon or to create a chaotic situation at the
demonstration.  While denying the right of the marchers to the
roadways leading to the Pentagon, police authorities are trying to
reroute the march into a narrow and dangerous bike trail that at
points becomes a single-file line, crossing a major highway.  The
police know that this is not a safe or tenable route for a march of
ten thousand or more.  The Arlington County Police refuse to return
phone calls from the organizers and attorneys of the June 5 march.

The June 5 demonstration is the largest mobilization to date against
the U.S./NATO war in Yugoslavia.  We believe that it is impossible for
the county of Arlington police to unilaterally try to prevent us ...

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