Texas Conservative Lobbyist News: Only 300 Protestors at the Republican National Convention
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Around three hundred protesters showed up in Tampa, Florida to occupy the Republican National Convention. This was much less than expected, as the Occupy movement had initially claimed over 5,000 protesters would be present. This rally was presented as the comeback for Occupy, but has clearly yielded lesser results. The protest was mostly peaceful, except for a small group of protesters that split from the main route and went towards Tampa’s financial district.
“Individuals splintered off from that and have been basically running through the downtown area and we’re monitoring them right now just to ensure that everyone is safe and that there’s no damage in the downtown area, but so far everything has been very, very successful,” Tampa police chief Jane Castor told ABC News. In spite of a few exceptions, the march has been carried out in good taste and with orderly conduct. Some of the protestors have set up tents, a style common to the Occupy movement, and called their tent city “Romneyville.”
This year’s Republican National Convention was the 40th, and held for the third time in Florida.The RNC is full of debates, speeches, delegates, and thousands of representatives from all states. It provides an opportunity to exchange and interact with over the over 50,000 guests in attendance. The RNC is responsible for developing the Republican political platform, fundraising, and election strategy. It was hosted August twenty seventh through the thirtieth. The RNC dates all the way back to 1856, where the first convention was held in New York. Intensive and thorough coverage is available through multiple media outlets.
“ResistRNC” was a five day Occupy protest, and there had been initial concerns about this movement. The protest’s website had linked to videos of people throwing molotov cocktails at law enforcement, and videos of others throwing fireworks in crowded stadiums. Despite these and more inappropriate content, ResistRNC received the support of multiple organizations, including Veterans for Peace, CODEPINK, Occupy Wall Street, and the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and many others. The protesters nicknamed their tent village “Romneyville”, and remained for the duration of the convention.