Mexicans Without Borders is planning to have a bit of a demonstration tomorrow morning in Old Town Manassas at the site of the current ugly example of urban decay that they’ve erected at the corner of Liberty and Prince William Streets. They’ve named this eyesore the “liberty wall” in the same fashion as their EZLN parent organization creates “liberty walls” in Mexico, one of which is shown above. From what I’ve heard, they intend to unveil a new version of the sign that’s currently standing, which is probably a response to the strong negative reaction that the current sign has generated.
Mexicans Without Borders applied for a protest permit, but because this is right across from the always-busy Farmer’s Market and there’s a Chili Cookoff happening tomorrow as well, the permit was denied. Mexicans Without Borders intends to proceed anyways, and will be required to limit the area of this demonstration to the private property where this sign is erected and will have to comply with all applicable city ordinances. Hopefully they will.
I won’t be able to go and see what happens tomorrow. If you’ve got a camera and/or a video camera and some time tomorrow morning, it would be a good idea to go down and help document what happens. These events often have some interesting details that the press seems to neglect, perhaps because they don’t like documenting the political tone-deafness of these organizations or documenting the presence of the Socialist Worker’s Party and the other fringe radical organizations that make up a substantial part of the crowd at events by Mexicans Without Borders. If anyone’s considering going to the Farmer’s Market tomorrow to sign up new members during this circus, please remember that you can’t do it within the confines of the area where the Farmer’s Market is being held — you’ll have to do this outside of that area, on the sidewalks.
Once again, the residents of Manassas City are going to suffer a little because Mexicans Without Borders can’t figure out where the political boundaries are drawn in the area and want to be widely irresponsible, rather than just irresponsible in Prince William County. Now we’ll get another example of what that irresponsibility looks like.
What clowns. Hopefully they’ll at least leave their machetes at home.
UPDATE 4PM Saturday: it looks like the festivities are finally kicking off after quite a delay. Reports coming in indicate that the sign hasn’t been changed yet. Stay tuned for additional details, as they become available.
UPDATE 2: The original sign is still there, and about all that happened is that Mexicans Without Borders had a party at the site. Again, it looks like their attempt to create a big spectacle has fizzled.
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