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--------------------------------------------------------------------------- | LIBERTARIAN PARTY Libertarian Party | | Defenders of Liberty NEWS 1528 Pennsylvania Ave SE | | ---- Washington, DC 20003 | | 202-543-1988 | --------------------------------------------------------------------------- For immediate release. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 11 March 1993 Gary E. Johnson: 512-441-6378 PROTEST IN WACO ON SATURDAY, MARCH 13, AGAINST FEDERAL SIEGE WACO, TEXAS -- Libertarian Party members will demonstrate Saturday, March 13, at 10:00 a.m. in Waco in front of the Convention Center, to protest the federal siege of the Mount Carmel religious community, Libertarian Party spokesperson Gary E. Johnson announced today in Austin. "We will be exercising our First Amendment rights of 'freedom of speech' and 'the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances' before these liberties fade away, too," he said. "We will be demonstrating to defend some of our most precious liberties: freedom of religion, freedom of speech, the right to bear arms, the right to be secure from unreasonable searches, and equal protection under the law." Libertarians will peacefully picket and carry signs, Mr. Johnson said. Some signs will say "I love my country, but I fear my government," "Live and let live," "Please, no more macho cops," and "the Bill of Rights, R.I.P.". Many signs will specifically refer to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, such as "ATF ignores the Constitution," "Is your church ATF approved?" "Arrest the ATF Gunmen," and "Abolish the ATF." "The Mount Carmel incident trampled on nearly every Constitutional right supposedly guaranteed by the Bill of Rights -- from the free exercise of religion and the right to keep and bear arms to due process of law and the right to be secure from unreasonable searches," Mr. Johnson warned. "We condemn not only the bloody massacre, but also the chilling use of an undercover agent to infiltrate a church, the attempts to censor the press, the treatment of a so-called 'cult' as if it were not entitled to religious freedom, and the issuance of a sealed search warrant without public disclosure of any probable cause," he added. "The unprovoked and unjustified government raid and the subsequent occupation violated the First, Second, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Fourteenth Amendments." "The ATF poses a dangerous threat to our Constitutional rights," Mr. Johnson concluded, reiterating a long-standing plank of the party's platform: "We demand the immediate abolition of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms." [END] ============================================== Another file from The Soapbox BBS "Your Infotainment Specialist" An all text BBS specializing in e-zines and other unique text files. (919) 387-1152 - Up to 16.8 kbs - 8N1 Fidonet 1:151/142 - FREQ FILES for file list ===============================================


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