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A coalition of political demonstrators filed suit in U.S. District Court yesterday claiming that the City of Philadelphia has “deeded over” nearly every inch public space to the Republican Party during its convention this July in an effort to chill any protest speech.

According to the suit, the city has granted the Republicans an “omnibus permit” that gives the party a right of first refusal for many venues during the convention. Protesters, the suit says, must wait until July 1 to find out if the space they want is available.

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