ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s directives allowing gatherings of up to 10 people for Memorial Day celebrations or religious purposes violates the First Amendment, a lawsuit filed by the New York Civil Liberties Union charged Friday.
The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Brooklyn resident Linda Bouferguen, who has been arrested twice outside New York City Hall for protesting the statewide shutdown, seeks to ensure New Yorkers can exercise their constitutional rights to free speech and protest.
“We welcome the easing of restrictions on First Amendment events, but that easing has to apply to protests as well as to religious services and events honoring veterans,” Christopher Dunn, legal director at the NYCLU and lead counsel on the case, said in a statement. “Having recognized that small events now can take place safely, the government does not get to pick who gets to exercise First Amendment rights.”
During the protests organized by Bouferguen, the gatherings were relatively small and participants were six feet apart and “nearly all” wore face masks. The largest gathering was fewer than 20 participants, according to the lawsuit.
Bouferguen wants to hold another rally Saturday, following the new guidelines that have been outlined for religious …read more
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