The Million Youth March can be held as planned this weekend in Harlem because the First Amendment protects even speech that is hateful, violent and frightening, a judge said Tuesday.
"The right to free speech . . . applies not only to politically correct statements but also to statements with which we may disagree and, indeed, abhor," U.S. District Judge Denny Chin wrote.
The ruling permits a rally identical to one last year, which lasted four hours and was six blocks long. That rally ended with injuries to 28 people, including 16 police officers, in a clash between police and demonstrators.