Several dozen people held a profanity-laced rally on Monday to protest against a Massachusetts town’s new by-law that allows police officers to hand out fines of $20 (about R170) for swearing in public.
Some people shouted curse words while others carried profane posters supporting free speech at the rally in the rain on the lawn of the Middleborough town hall. People who support the by-law also showed up.
The protest rally was organised by Adam Kokesh, a libertarian who publishes podcasts online from a Virginia studio. He says police can “steal from you if they don’t like what’s coming out of your mouth”.
The by-law was passed two weeks ago at a town meeting, but fines can’t be issued until the state attorney-general decides it is constitutional. – Sapa-AP