Judge Voids May Day Parade Ban

A federal judge today overturned a Los Angeles Police Commission ban on the Progressive Labor Party's traditional downtown May Day parade. U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson said the city failed to persuade him that blocking bus traffic on Broadway for 90 minutes during Sunday's parade would cause a significant disruption of downtown traffic.

May 1 is the holiday traditionally used by communist countries and groups to honor workers. Robert Mann, an attorney for the PLP, said the group has been conducting a May Day parade in Los Angeles for 15 years. But Assistant City Atty. Byron Boeckman said the Police Commission planned to ban all weekend parades on Broadway, and the PLP march was simply the first to be affected.

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