Civil rights organization NYC C.L.A.S.H. (Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment) are to host a ‘smoke-in-the-park’ civil disobedience event this week, after New York authorities banned smoking from most public parks and beaches.

NYC C.L.A.S.H called on smokers to ‘to get together like any other day at the beach to illustrate that this law will be paid the respect it deserves’ at Boardwalk at Brighton 6th St., Brighton Beach, Brooklyn at 2pm this Saturday (May 28). “In case of rain, Brighton 4th St. under the canopy.”

Why? They continued in a press release announcing the protest, “When a law is just so wrong -- enacted on the whim of the biased with the power to do so -- and no amount of reasoning with the irrational is successful, no choice is left but the last resort in order to effect change: civil disobedience.”

“It's discrimination semi-disguised as "protecting others." This mob insists that no one should engage in a certain otherwise legal activity and they'll use force of law to impose their personal choice on others,” they added.

Protesting about the ban to the NYC Council Health Committee at their October meeting last year NYC C.L.A.S.H.Audrey Silk accused the committee of turning New Yorkers into ‘lab rats’ and suggested even harsher laws could soon ne introduced.

“Approve this and soon I'll be here again testifying against your plan to ban smoking in homes,’ she suggested.

NYC C.L.A.S.H’s stance received unexpected support from the New York Times this week who suggested the new law ‘takes the mayor’s nannying too far, even for those of us who want to avoid the hazards of secondhand smoke.’

“Meanwhile, there is talk that the mayor and the City Council want even more, like banning smoking near doors of office buildings and apartments,” the Times added.

“They need to take a deep breath and remember that we tried prohibition 90 years ago. They called it a noble experiment. It turned into a civic disaster,” they said.

Written by Jonty Skrufff


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