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Protesters turned Jefferson Memorial into a dance hall on June 4 after Park Police arrested dancers at a previous protest.
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Protesters turned Jefferson Memorial into a dance hall on June 4 after Park Police arrested dancers at a previous protest.

Many love the protected serenity of the Jefferson Memorial, but others have argued recently that that serenity shouldn't be protected at the expense of free speech.

A group of protesters were arrested at the memorial May 28, after they danced in the memorial to oppose a court decision ruling that dancing can be outlawed there. The very public and violent arrests led to a much larger "flash mob" of dancers swarming the memorial last week.

Now, D.C. delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton will host National Dance Day July 30 on the National Mall. She says the event will include a flash mob dance with a permit.

Hugo Hammond, who was visiting the memorial this morning, says he understands both sides.

"Of course it says be quiet right there, but if they're not causing any real problem then I don't see a problem," says Hammond.

For National Dance Day, Norton says she's working with TV producer Nigel Lythgoe from the show "So You Think You Can Dance."

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