Of course, no such courtesy was extended to tea party activists, which is par for the course in True Blue Massaschusetts but also a stunning demonstration of political partisanship by the locals.
Organizers of the Occupy Boston tent city in Dewey Square have never sought nor received any permits from the state, the city or the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, which controls the property.
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To avoid unrest, the Conservancy, like the city and Boston Police Department, has not booted the campers off the 1⁄2-acre plot. Conservancy chief Nancy Brennan called the makeshift campsite "an extraordinary situation" and said it would not pave the way to allow people to randomly "camp out" on the Greenway.
"In addition to supporting free speech, we're aware that asking the protesters to leave will create conflict and significant expense," Brennan said. "Should circumstances become unfavorable, we will work with the Boston Police Department to determine the appropriate response."
Christen Varley, spokeswoman for the Greater Boston Tea Party, said she's "miffed" by the laissez-faire attitude of city and state officials. The Greenway has provided electricity to the protesters, while other groups, such as the Tea Party, have to pay for power at events, she said.
No permits needed plus free electiricty to boot. And do you hear the fear in the voice of Ms. Brennan? The reason the law is not going to be upheld is because of the possibility of "conflict and significant expense." They're afraid the occupy Boston loonies will riot and cause a lot of damage, not to mention sullying the reputation of their fair city.
Thanks for the demonstration of political favoritism. Maybe the Tea Party should rally and riot a little bit. That way, they'd get the same considerations.