‘Let Freedom Ring’ Protest Denied Permit At California State Capitol


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A permit for a large election results protest at the California Capitol has been denied because of its proposed size and “the potential for civil unrest this weekend,” the California Highway Patrol says.

Chris Bish, a Republican who ran unsuccessfully for the Sacramento congressional seat in November, had sought a permit for a “Let Freedom Ring” event Sunday with 3,000 people. The description said it was to “peacefully protest our compromised election” as well as register voters, collect signatures to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom and promote her 2022 campaign for Congress, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

CHP, which issues permits for events on Capitol grounds, also manages safety there. Because of COVID-19, CHP says it caps the number of people at any permitted event at 200.

“The permit was denied because the proposed number of attendees are more than are being allowed as a result of COVID-19 and due to the potential for civil unrest this weekend,” John Ortega, a spokesperson for CHP’s Capitol Protection Section, said in an email to KCRA 3.

Bish told the Chronicle that in light of the deadly siege at the U.S. Capitol, it wouldn’t be safe to gather off Capitol grounds where protesters wouldn’t have law enforcement protection….(Read more)

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