Greg Malhoit: Anarchists inside, not outside, legislative building

October 8, 2013 

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Regarding this summer’s peaceful Moral Monday protests, General Assembly Police Chief Jeff Weaver now justifies the arrest of 940 citizens on the grounds that he and his department were on the lookout for “anarchists.” Pushed to explain, Weaver could not identify these so-called anarchists.

Perhaps I can help Weaver. Webster defines an anarchist as “a person who believes that government (is) not necessary.” Judging by the disdain for government espoused by some members of our General Assembly, Weaver might have been better served by looking for “anarchists” inside of the legislative building instead of outside at the Moral Monday protests.

If the upcoming criminal prosecution of 900-plus citizens for exercising their constitutional rights is premised on a search for so-called anarchists, then let’s stop wasting taxpayer dollars and dismiss all charges.

Greg Malhoit, Raleigh

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