Should Protesters Be Allowed to Remain Anonymous?

Would some be less inclined to misbehavior if they were required to identify themselves?

There has been considerable discussion regarding anonymity for those choosing to respond to articles and blog postings.  Strong opinions have been shared on both sides of this issue.  Those that believe a person should use their real name have offered reasons that range from simple credibility and controlling vitriol, to having the character of your convictions.  Conversely, those that support the use of “screen names” suggest that safety and general public reaction are sufficient concerns to continue allowing anonymity.

What about public protest?  Should those that gather to voice their opinions be required to declare who they are?  It would certainly allow us to address the littering and vandalism.  It would also expose those that choose to be profane, and allow police intervention when some decide that verbal protest is insufficient to their cause.

What do you think?

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Bottom Line February 03, 2013 at 05:58 PM
The 60's were full of protests for many reasons. Some were fruitful, others not so much. This last year in Wisconsin we had many public rallies and protests. I wonder how anonymity played a role in how people represented their position.
Bottom Line February 04, 2013 at 04:03 PM
How would this change protests and rallies?


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