Video At State Of The State Protest
I suppose it was a mistake to ask the police inside the Civic Center where the protests were taking place. Once inside, I probably could have just unfurled the shower curtain in a conspicuous location in the lobby of the Civic Center where people were registering and milling about, but no, I had to ask. The cops were nice though. I needed to use the bathroom before I went out to the protest gulag so the officer introduced himself, escorted me to the washroom and then out to the other side of the street. He told me that if anyone gave me trouble to let him know. I thanked him and told him I would need to go to the van to get a warmer hat, which I did. There were no barricades up at that time, but when I came back wearing my furry hat, my outdooor "free speech" prison had been fully constructed.
At first, I didn't know what the barricades were for so I stood in front of them for maximum visibility. Then a cop came across the street to tell me that I would have to stand behind them. Oh, I see. The barricades are here for me....one person with a shower curtain.