Rules of engagement

Just to clarify my previous post, freedom of speech means exactly that: speech. In my country, when a protester says something like, “Let’s take back the government,” it means something like, “Let’s get organized for the next election so we can vote our party into office.” They don’t mean they are going to jump over the wall at the White House. Here, people take such comments quite literally as in, “Let’s jump over the gate and take over the government RIGHT NOW!” At that point, the right to free speech becomes illegal trespass on secure government property and the police have every reason to move in. This guy crossed the line by trying to jump the gate at the vice-president’s house. Freedom of speech also carries with it a responsibility to play by the rules. People here should have more freedom to express their opinions through media, which are filled with official statements and zero comments from ordinary citizens.