Agreed. Protests are indeed an integral part of America…law abiding protests.
The problem with allowing people to block streets is very simple, and to illustrate my point, I’ll give you an example:
My son went to college in California and a friend of his participated in a protest that shut down one of the San Francisco bay bridges. The protesters were calling attention to the mistreatment of Palestinians. Very noble.
The problem was that in shutting down the bridges, it was reported that an ambulance was delayed getting to a hospital with a patient, who later suffered brain damage.
What right does a protester have to say that their protest of unlawfully shutting down a public bridge or road supersedes the right of another person to emergency healthcare?
To broaden my point: What right does a protester have to say that their unlawful protest supersedes the right of a minimum wage worker to get to work on time? Or supersedes the right of a business to have customers freely enter their business?
I’m all for legal protesting and following the rules. I hope you do too, and you see my point.