It’s appalling that protesters could be allowed access to dangle below the Fred Hartman Bridge to protest anything. What if they were a terrorist group with intentions of harming commuters or the bridge itself? 

There are cameras on the bridge that need to be monitored to make sure this never happens again. 

What happened to all the precautions that were put in place after the 9/11 attacks to protect our citizens and infrastructure? 

This is an insult to every commuter who goes over the bridge and the officials in charge dropped the ball in letting them have 24 hours to protest as they wanted.

This should not be allowed to happen again.

Larry Tidwell

Baytown

(7) comments

baytownbert

I have to admit to myself that the people from Greenpeace have a deeper commitment to their cause than anything I have in my life. These are some seriously commited individuals with a cause so great, they would come from the far corners of the earth to do stuff like this. On top of that, these environmental zealots have more cajones than I do, because I would have to be paid quite handsomely to dangle that far over the water.







Now, after giving them accolades for daring and commitment, they should be treated as terrorists, plain and simple. There is a dangerous amount of leniency here that would not be afforded to anyone or any group at any time and Ed Gonzalez better regroup ASAP, because there will be a next group somewhere doing the same stunt.


Frank

Terrorists, Bert? Really? You might be overreacting a bit. I don't blame anyone inconvenienced by this protest for being mad. The protestors deserve and apparently are willing to accept the punishment and fines imposed by their actions, but terrorists? Come on. Were they armed with assault rifles? LCL makes some excellent points.


rmartin

Larry, let's hope the mosquitoes eat these clowns up.


LCL

"Historically, protests have often inspired positive social change and the advancement of human rights, and they continue to help define and protect civic space in all parts of the world. Protests encourage the development of an engaged and informed citizenry. They strengthen representative democracy by enabling direct participation in public affairs. They enable individuals and groups to express dissent and grievances, to share views and opinions, to expose flaws in governance and to publicly demand that the authorities and other powerful entities rectify problems and are accountable for their actions. This is especially important for those whose interests are otherwise poorly represented or marginalized. Yet governments around the world too often treat protests as either an inconvenience to be controlled or a threat to be extinguished."







If one is so “appalled” by protests maybe they should read about the history of the United States as well as familiarize themselves with our Constitutions. You don’t have to agree with the protestors to be an American, you must respect their right to protest.







The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states that “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble.







The Texas Constitution, in Article I, sections 8 and 27 protects the “liberty to speak, write or publish … opinions on any subject,” and “the right … to assemble.







Need anyone say any more?


baytownbert

One detail you missed in your excellent explanation which is the Elephant in the room concerning your letter. It is the word LEGAL. This was a felony act which will result in jail time. It was an illegal protest. Sorry Charlie. Only the best tuna...


rmartin

Amen Bert, this is a Federal violation shutting down a U.S. waterway. If the judge would set at least a million dollar bond on each defendant it would stop this stupidity.....


rmartin

Hey LCL, you going to post bail for all these jailed protesters? I mean after all they have a right to protest...


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