In the online edition of the West Fargo News, Kim Hyatt reports in Local Minnesota legislators provide 'optimistic' update, field questions:
In regards to one question on the state's new measures aimed at toughening laws against demonstrators — which was also introduced in North Dakota — [Paul] Marquart, [DFL-Dilworth] favored the law and said blocking busy airports and roadways was "not a peaceful demonstration." [Ben] Lien, DFL-Moorhead] however, said the measure is a "terrible idea."
"People don't take to the streets when everything is fine and getting good wages. People take to the streets when there's unrest and dissatisfaction," Lien said, referencing the Tea Party demonstrations in 2010, the recent Women's March on Washington and the Black Lives Matter movement. He said the law gives people the impression that legislators "don't want to be bothered with our concerns [and] that's just flat out the wrong approach. We need to bring people in the conversation."
We have to side with Lien on that one.
Photo: Ben Lien, via WDAY.
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