City passes ordinance to protect Monsanto world headquarters from protesters

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As the fight against genetically modified foods continues to intensify across the country, protesters like those involved in March Against Monsanto continue to march on.

Unfortunately, in a staunchly pro-Monsanto state like Missouri — home to Monsanto’s global headquarters — those protests just became a little more difficult to hold at the site itself.

Apparently Monsanto protesters have traditionally gathered on a large median on Olive Boulevard outside the Monsanto world headquarters complex at 800 N. Lindbergh Blvd in St. Louis to hold up signs and give out informational pamphlets.

Well, now the Creve Coeur City Council has unanimously voted 8-0 to try and stop that from happening. A new ordinance just passed by the city would reclassify medians as part of the road. This means that protesters who continue to try to protest at the same spot outside Monsanto that they always have would now be charged with a class C misdemeanor.

Susie Chasnoff, St. Louis organizer for “March Against Monsanto St. Louis,” said she feels the new rule is more about the flow of free speech than traffic.

“The police already have the legal authority to ensure safety on the median,” she said, “so I don’t think they needed an extra layer of law.” (source)

Millions of people took to the streets all over the world to march against the big agra giant and its genetically modified seeds and pesticides last year. The 2nd annual worldwide March Against Monsanto will be held on May 24th this year, so the council’s timing in passing the new ordinance is nothing short of impeccable.

The St. Louis march is one of dozens taking place across the globe on May 24, with activists calling for the permanent boycott of genetically modified organisms and other agri-chemicals. Chasnoff said the protests always had been peaceful, which is why she finds the new local ordinance disturbing.

“Our constitutional rights have been further and further minimized,” she said, “and I see this as another step in that process.” (source)

The city council has repeatedly said the decision was not related to free speech but because being on a median is a safety issue.

Indeed, Creve Coeur’s Police Chief Glenn Eidman reiterated to the Business Journal that it’s a safety issue:

“We don’t want to prevent them from protesting,” Eidman told the Business Journal Monday. “We have the authority to police the medians, and it’s certainly constitutional.”

Then again, the police already had the authority to police medians without the council’s new ordinance.

No, there’s really no way to spin this as anything other than helping to chill free speech.

Why? Because if being on a median on Olive Boulevard is really so dangerous that people can’t protest there, then why has the city placed a bus stop on this median on Olive Boulevard (where people have protested) just outside the very Monsanto headquarters building where the city has decided medians are unsafe to protest on?

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Guess when the cops show up at the protest, all the protesters can just pretend they are waiting for the bus.

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  • Ken Meoni

    How about anything Monsanto is a safety hazard? Why is it ok to poison everyone? I wonder if the city council celebrated by drinking round up and eating GMO’s?

    • ccc

      O don’t worry, after these dumb ass politicians end their term of office they will enjoy their GMO food in their lunch sandwich along with their Simpson episode blinky the three eyes fish in their dinner table.

  • Reverend Draco

    Ignore the counterfeit law.
    If anyone tries to harass or assault you over it – end them.

  • lan

    Representatives and their police blatantly showing who they work for. No more hiding in the closet.

  • http://akazip.com/ unclezip

    Why do the cafeterias in that headquarters ban GMO foods?

  • Joseph Lizak

    Eating GMO food is bad for you…that’s for sure. But most people miss the point of Monsanto’s master plan. The main goal of Monsanto/government is to make all seeds terminator seeds. Why? Because once all seeds are sterile, and only grow once, then Monsanto and our government has complete control over the population. The only people that can grow food are the ones who buy seed from Monsanto. And that’s it! That’s the master plan.

  • jay_diggity

    the dark occultist eugenicists cant have some rowdy mob interrupting their daily self congratulations.

    they need to plan our demise with peace of mind

  • mikrat

    Yippee another Protest. Make sure you wave those cute signs harder this year and sing your cute chants a bit louder and maybe, just MAYBE one of your Authority’s will give a shit.

    being Nice and “law” Abiding sheeple is what got this country to the point it is.