Hippies at the Rainbow Gathering - who if they played golf would be considered tourists - are getting citations for minor infractions like cracked windshields and loose dogs and are having to appear in federal court in Albuquerque 120 miles away. Way to harsh the mellow.
The Albuquerque Journal and the Santa Fe New Mexican cover the story that morphs into a tale of law enforcement overkill - 50 officers, 370 "incidents" and 120 citations among the 1500 gathered. And the event hasn't even started yet.
From the New Mexican:
Beck said the tickets were handed out by a "rogue" group of Forest Service law-enforcement officers. According to some gatherers, he said, "this comes as a slap in the face after several months of successful cooperation between (Rainbow) volunteers and Forest Service resource officials to assure a safe and legal event."
I drove through Cuba twice this weekend. Nary a hippy in sight but multiple law enforcement vehicles zooming up and down 550. Rest assured that young men with guns in overpowered SUVs are protecting you with near maniacal fervor from people who talk about peace and sleep in the woods.