We started at the security station where anyone who wants access to the Pepsi center has to go through an airport-like security check. All the delegates and all the press attending the convention have to pass through this station. Here’s how we started off.
We walked up to the white tent, and continued our journey.
Rounding the bend, we headed into the homestretch.
At last, our destination! There were a few other curious onlookers there. Not much protest action. We were told that a group fo anti-war protesters had marched to the free speech zone, but when they got here, they decided it was so absurd that they wouldn’t bother.
I confirmed that this parking lot is, indeed, the free speech zone. Since the parking lot is not visible from the security station where we started out, it seems unlikely that delegates or press would see what was going on here, unless they chose to make a special trip.
Are some sort of security measures necessary at these conventions? Well, yes. Is it sad that it’s come to this? Absolutely. Is it necessary to put free speech in a parking lot out of sight or earshot from the rest of what’s going on? Hmmm….