Publicat: 17 August, 2014 - 11:57
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Limitarea drepturilor cetățenilor Statelor Unite a fost întotdeauna o chestiune foarte sensibilă. Guvernatorul Missouri Jay Nixon a anunțat sâmbătă după-amiază și a dispus declararea stării de urgență. O stare de asediu în Ferguson, Missouri a fost pusă în aplicare ca răspuns la jefuitori, după protestele desfășurare în Midwest, un mic oraș din SUA.

 Limiting the rights of United States citizens has always been a very sensible matter. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced on Saturday afternoon and ordered declaring a state of emergency. A curfew in Ferguson, Missouri was implemented in response to looters after ongoing protests in the small midwest US town

Should a government implement such restrictions every time citizens decided to protest? Looters needed to be stopped- everyone should agree on this. A State of Emergency and a curfew however may very well limit the exercise of rights under the First Amendment of the United States of America?

The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances. It was adopted on December 15, 1791, as one of the ten amendments that constitute the Bill of Rights.

The Missouri Highway State Patrol will enforce this curfew in Ferguson from midnight until 5 am local time. It will begin Saturday night.

This issue may very well become a broader question. It's less about the tragic and senseless death of a Missouri teenager. Perhaps it's now about restricting citizens right to protest.

Protests already spread to other cities as far as California. Declaring a State of Emergency in any part of the Land of the Free may be a dangerous move and could spread out of control if not thought through carefully.

This comes at a time when the US government is accused of restricting citizens by unapproved surveillance as recently disclosed by Edward Snowden, who is now hiding from the US government in Moscow, Russia.