RNC Protest Brings Seniors, Occupy Movement Members To St. Petersburg
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A diverse coalition of senior citizens, religious leaders, community organizers, and activists in faded Occupy T-shirts joined up here Sunday for the first major march of the Republican National Convention. Under overcast skies and persistent drizzle, the demonstration clanged through this sleepy Florida city, passing by closed storefronts, as well as RNC event staff snapping pictures from behind tall gates.
The protest aimed to mock the RNC's welcome event at nearby Tropicana Field, which had been billed as a large cocktail party. The activists hoped their snare drums and chants would at least spoil the mood for RNC attendees.
They encouraged the rubberneckers on the sidelines, most of whom were service industry workers on smoke breaks, to join the demonstration. "We are the 99 percent," the protesters screamed, "and so are you!"
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