Mayor Rahm Emanuel denied numerous protest permits and imposed other restrictions on the grounds that the expression of free speech by demonstrators would cause ‘inconveniences to traffic and ordinary businesses’ — this, after closing off more than seven square miles of the city’s commercial area himself. [These] hyper-draconian measures will, in many cases, stay in place once the power-players have finished their meaningless jaw-flapping and returned to their well-wadded entrenchments at home.
Chris Floyd, Bringing It All Back Home: Occupied Chicago is America’s New Normal
From Bernard Harcourt:
“[All] of this is, sadly, here to stay. NATO will come and go, but the new anti-protest laws, the new riot-gear, the two LRAD sound cannons, and all the normalization of this police state … that will be with us for a long time.”