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AP NewsBreak: Anti-war group agrees to West Side Highway


By SARA KUGLER
Associated Press Writer

July 21, 2004, 11:34 AM EDT


NEW YORK -- Anti-war activists have agreed to use the West Side Highway for their rally before the GOP convention, ending a tug of war with city officials that began last year, the group was to announce Wednesday.

Bill Dobbs, a spokesman for United for Peace and Justice, told The Associated Press that the group felt "forced" by police officials to compromise "because of time pressure." Group leaders were to announce the decision at a City Hall news conference.


The Aug. 29 march, called "The World Says No to the Bush Agenda," will begin at 23rd Street and Seventh Avenue, head uptown past convention headquarters at Madison Square Garden, turn west on 34th Street and rally along the West Side Highway.

United for Peace and Justice, which applied for a permit over a year ago, has been engaged in a public struggle with the city for months.

The Parks Department denied their original request to rally on Central Park's Great Lawn, citing damage caused by the potentially hundreds of thousands of demonstrators that organizers say they expect. Following that setback, the group and city officials spent weeks in meetings aimed at keeping the matter out of court.

Both sides at times have accused the other of stalling negotiations. The anti-war group has staged protests at City Hall, and one morning sent some of its members to meet Mayor Michael Bloomberg as he arrived for work.

Bloomberg at one point claimed the group's stubborn refusal to compromise was stalling the permit process for other organizations planning to protest the four-day convention, which begins Aug. 30.

His spokesman, Ed Skyler, said Wednesday the city was pleased about the decision.

"We look forward to working out the various logistical details," Skyler said.

Dobbs said that while the anti-war group agreed to the city's offer to use the West Side Highway, they still have several concerns about the space, and hope the compromise allows for further discussion and planning.

They are worried about access to drinking water along the highway, which has no shade and will likely be sweltering. Organizers also want to know which of the highway's lanes will be kept open for emergency vehicles.

A stage at Chambers Street will face north, and the rally could extend for miles along the Hudson river thoroughfare.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday showed that 75 percent of voters said the anti-war group should have been allowed to protest in Central Park.

The poll, which surveyed 1,119 registered voters, was conducted from July 12 to 18. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.


Copyright © 2004, The Associated Press
 

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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE </div>
A Quinnipiac University poll (which surveyed 1,119 registered voters) released Tuesday showed that 75 percent of voters said the anti-war group should have been allowed to protest in Central Park.[/b]
That's lame. The per capita polling numbers rate lower than margin of error.
 

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I hear ya Marty.. BTW... Where the hell is Quinnipiac University anyways????

 

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Anti War ralley?

Isn't that like closing the barn door after the horses have escaped?

I thought the war was over and we were in the reconstruction phase. These idiots need to start reading the paper more often then maybe they would know what they should be protesting.
 

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They do not read the papers.. paper is made from innocent trees...

 

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Sounds like the time to slap on the ole brush guard and cruise down the West Side Highway.....Still tryn to figure out why I keep fallin asleep at the wheel
oops ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
 

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Shoot ....just got the results back from the Anti-liberal University voters poll and their results said that 98% of regestered taxpayers said "Hell No !"to having protesters damage the park at their expense. Poll this
What do you want your results to say? We can find a university to slant a study and say whatever you want!! Call 1-800 -Biasedmedia.
 
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