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Republican state senator proposes creating new crime of ‘economic terrorism’ aimed at protesters
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- State Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, said Wednesday he is preparing a bill that would create a new crime of "economic terrorism" that would allow felony prosecution of protesters who block streets, cause property damage, threaten jobs and put public safety at risk. “I respect the right to protest, but when it endangers people’s lives and property, it goes too far,” Ericksen said in a news release. “Fear, intimidation and vandalism are not a legitimate form of political expression. Those who employ it must be called to account.”