Demonstrators Denied Permit for WTC Mosque Protest at Zuccotti Park DNAinfo

Demonstrators Denied Permit for WTC Mosque Protest at Zuccotti Park DNAinfo

By | 2010-05-29T03:31:00+00:00 May 29th, 2010|News|0 Comments

The right to protest. It is guaranteed in the First Amendment, the same one that ensures freedom of religion, with no asterisk that says “*except for Islam.” It is the same amendment that allows a strip joint and a porno shop to exist a couple of blocks from hallowed ground.

The organizers of a massive June 6 rally opposing the Ground Zero mosque are not allowed to protest at their planned location in Zuccotti Park, DNAinfo has learned.

The NYPD has not issued a permit for the D-Day demonstration by the group Stop Islamization of America, a Police spokeswoman said. And Brookfield Properties, the owner of Zuccotti Park, generally does not allow political protests on the plaza across from the World Trade Center site.

"A protest event will not be happening in Zuccotti Park," said Melissa Coley, Brookfield spokeswoman.

A person with knowledge of the permitting process told DNAinfo the anti-mosque rally was initially pitched as a gathering for 9/11 family members, and the city approved it several weeks ago.

But once it became clear that the event would be a protest against Cordoba House, a 13-story mosque and community center slated to rise near ground zero, the city withdrew the permit, the source said.