Sunday, August 26, 2012

Protesters make peaceful show at Republican National Convention

Two hundred protesters arrived at Gaslight Park in Downtown Tampa just after noon Sunday, according to the Tampa Police Department.

After protesting in the park for a short time, the group split up, with approximately 100 protesters marching to the Bank of America building. They entered the bank's front plaza, placed stickers and were writing with chalk
on the private property. Crowd management officers asked the demonstrators to leave the private property and they complied without incident.

The second group of approximately 100 protesters marched through city streets towards the Tampa Bay Times Forum, where the convention will take place.  Bike officers rolled alongside the unplanned march closing cross streets to keep the protesters safe from traffic. They marched to the public viewing area where they chanted and held a brief rally before loading onto buses to head to St. Petersburg for the opening event of the RNC. 

 During the event, the Salvation Army mobile response truck offered water to the demonstrators.  The
demonstration was peaceful and there were no arrests or incidents.

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