WASHINGTON (Circa) – A new proposal by the Trump administration plans to limit the number of protests outside the White House and the National mall in Washington, D.C.
The National Park Service introduced the proposal in August 2018. The plan restricts protesters from rallying on the north sidewalk of the White House, the National Mall and certain areas on Pennsylvania Avenue, which includes the Trump International Hotel.
Protests have become common in the nation’s capital since President Trump was elected to office in 2017. Major protests include the women’s march, march for our lives and recently protest against Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
The proposal plans to make a significant change in the way demonstrators protest in Washington, D.C.
“The National Park Service intends these changes to provide greater clarity to the public about how and where demonstrations and special events may be conducted in a manner that protects and preserves the cultural and historic integrity of these areas,” the document states.
One way the proposal claims to initiate these changes is with raised permit fees.
The proposal states that permit fees may be raised due to the amount of money that protests has cost the federal government.
People took to Twitter to discuss their thoughts on the proposal.
No, no by all means, go ahead @realDonaldTrump @POTUS go ahead & limit our ability to protest and demonstrate in front of the White House & adjacent areas. Go ahead & see what happens. See MILLIONS of people flood the streets. Watch "We The People" take back what is ours...!— Chas. Allan (@ChasAllan) October 13, 2018
The National Park Service may also limit the number of people who can attend and participate in a protest without a permit. According to Newsweek, up to 500 people can demonstrate at Franklin Park without a permit, but that number could decline if the proposal is passed.