Occasionally during the past few months, a small number of “protestors” have set up in front of the . On Monday, though, they were in front of the .
Part of their display includes a picture of President Barack Obama with a mustache painted on him to look like Adolph Hitler. They were also seeking signatures on a petition to have Obama impeached.
Several people have asked, “are they allowed to do that?”
The answer is yes.
Others have asked, “is there a law against that?”
The answer is no, as long as the sidewalk stays unobstructed.
After Monday’s event on the Railroad Avenue sidewalk, said they received one complaint and found that the two men who had set up a table with posters and literature were doing nothing wrong.
“It was really a non-event,” said police Lt. Scott Janes.
Hamilton police received one complaint that the two men at the table were “trying to assert their views on someone” and that post office customers were being “hassled.” Police did not receive any complaints about the content of the posters or materials that were being distributed.
Officer Karen Wallace spoke to the two men and monitored the situation and found that there was no problem, Janes said.
Janes said a town bylaw prohibits the sidewalks from being blocked but the two men and their table were not blocking the sidewalk.
Janes, who also swung by to check it out, said “they were not blocking anything.”
The group that set up the table is part of the Lyndon LaRouche political action committee that was seeking support to invoke the 25th Amendment, which was ratified in 1967. It allows Congress to temporarily remove an “incapacitated president” from office.
The group occasionally sets up outside post offices all over the area, including Beverly Farms and Ipswich in recent months. They were outside the Wenham post office back in December and January too.
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