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Day One of the 2012 RNC: March for Our Lives, 8/27/12: photos
by Dave Id
Wednesday Aug 29th, 2012 10:19 PM
Prior to this year's Republican National Convention in Tampa, the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign managed to establish an encampment inside the security "Event Zone" by leasing the unused land that wraps around an Army-Navy surplus store. On August 27th, the PPEHC called for a March For Our Lives to leave Romneyville and head through downtown Tampa in order to highlight economic injustices in America today. Law enforcement authorities, however, decided not to allow the unpermitted march to proceed, stopping the demonstration with a massive show of force less than a half hour into the march down North Tampa Street. There had been no illegal actions witnessed by this reporter on the part any protesters other than the act of marching without a permit. As the number of marchers slowly dwindled to dozens over the next half hour by moving away through Lykes Gaslight Park, the number of police surrounding the remaining marchers continued to grow into the mid-hundreds until finally a torrential downpour sent most of the soaked police and deputies away to their various staging areas.
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[Pictured above: Romneyville banner hangs near camper]


The Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign also held a march at the 2008 RNC in St. Paul



Previous coverage

Day One of the 2012 RNC: Videographers Detained, 8/27/12: photos & video
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/08/29/18720549.php

Day One of the 2012 RNC: March on the RNC, 8/27/12: video
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/08/29/18720528.php

Day One of the 2012 RNC: March on the RNC, 8/27/12: photos
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/08/29/18720513.php

Day One of the 2012 RNC: Welcome to the Ghost Town/Police State of Tampa, 8/27/12: photos
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/08/28/18720494.php

Eve of 2012 RNC: Disruptions and Marches Begin, Convention Delayed Due to Storm, 8/26/12: photos
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/08/27/18720374.php

Lead-Up to 2012 RNC: Anarchists, IEDs, Guy Fawkes, Feces, Drones & a Tampa Police State, 8/25/12: photos
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/08/26/18720300.php

Video - 2012 RNC: Fear Mongering, Undercover Cops, and the Corporate Media
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/08/26/18720306.php
§Army-Navy Surplus Market in Tampa, the site of Romneyville
by Dave Id Wednesday Aug 29th, 2012 10:19 PM
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§Hip hop performer on Romneyville stage
by Dave Id Wednesday Aug 29th, 2012 10:19 PM
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§Pro-Life? Stop Drone Warfare
by Dave Id Wednesday Aug 29th, 2012 10:19 PM
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§Romneyville kitchen serving free food to all comers
by Dave Id Wednesday Aug 29th, 2012 10:19 PM
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§Romneyville tents and stage
by Dave Id Wednesday Aug 29th, 2012 10:19 PM
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§David Rovics performs
by Dave Id Wednesday Aug 29th, 2012 10:19 PM
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http://davidrovics.com
§The SF Bay Area's Diamond Dave reads a poem
by Dave Id Wednesday Aug 29th, 2012 10:19 PM
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http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2012/08/27/diamond-daves-report-romneyville
§Tampa resident June Bustamante
by Dave Id Wednesday Aug 29th, 2012 10:19 PM
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§Group performance before march begins
by Dave Id Wednesday Aug 29th, 2012 10:19 PM
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From right to left: Shamako Noble of the Hip Hop Congress (http://www.hiphopcongress.com), Cheri Honkola of the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign and current Green Party candidate for Vice President (http://www.gp.org/2012/), David Rovics, and unknown people with small bullhorn and seated on stage.

Shamako Noble spoke out against police repression at the 2008 RNC in St. Paul: http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/09/05/18533352.php#18533353
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§Capitalism Is Cannibalism
by Dave Id Wednesday Aug 29th, 2012 10:19 PM
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§March begins in earnest down North Tampa Street
by Dave Id Wednesday Aug 29th, 2012 10:19 PM
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§Shamako Noble on the bullhorn
by Dave Id Wednesday Aug 29th, 2012 10:19 PM
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§Cheri Honkola talks with DOJ Community Relations Service official
by Dave Id Wednesday Aug 29th, 2012 10:19 PM
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Day One of the 2012 RNC: March on the RNC, 8/27/12: photos
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/08/29/18720513.php
§Two men with "Official RNC Access" snap photos of march
by Dave Id Wednesday Aug 29th, 2012 10:19 PM
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§More police not really doing anything, one checks his phone
by Dave Id Wednesday Aug 29th, 2012 10:19 PM
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Day One of the 2012 RNC: Welcome to the Ghost Town/Police State of Tampa, 8/27/12: photos
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/08/28/18720494.php
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Contrary to what police reported they would do beforehand, which is remain largely out of sight and NOT break out the riot gear unless serious issues with demonstrations arose (http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/08/28/18720460.php), large numbers of officers suddenly appeared with full riot gear here.
§North Tampa Street blocked by bicycles and riot police
by Dave Id Wednesday Aug 29th, 2012 11:32 PM
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§Police shooter at Tampa and Kennedy
by Dave Id Wednesday Aug 29th, 2012 11:32 PM
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The FN 303 uses compressed air to fire projectiles from a 15-round drum magazine. It is designed to incapacitate the target through blunt trauma without causing critical injuries, and is most widely used for riot control and other kinds of combat where lethal weapons should be avoided.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FN_303
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shotgun#Less_lethal_rounds.2C_for_riot_and_animal_control
§RNC Street Medic
by Dave Id Wednesday Aug 29th, 2012 11:32 PM
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§Dump Both Parties of Wall Street - Fight Capitalism
by Dave Id Wednesday Aug 29th, 2012 11:32 PM
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§A line of police bicycles blocks East Kennedy at North Franklin
by Dave Id Wednesday Aug 29th, 2012 11:32 PM
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Upon recognizing that police were not only forcibly redirecting the march, but completely blocking its forward progress, about half of the marchers, especially those with children, immediately made their way through the only possible escape, Lykes Gaslight Park.
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§Tampa police shooter with FN 303
by Dave Id Wednesday Aug 29th, 2012 11:32 PM
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This guy appeared really nervous, pacing around, constantly looking in all directions for what he must have thought was an impending attack on the rear of the riot police line.
§More and more riot police and deputies arrive in intersection
by Dave Id Wednesday Aug 29th, 2012 11:32 PM
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No "illegal assembly" or any other announcements were made. The speaker was just hurriedly packed back into the blue unmarked vehicle once the heavy rain began.
§Riot police lines 3-deep facing north on North Tampa
by Dave Id Wednesday Aug 29th, 2012 11:32 PM
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§Day One of the 2012 RNC: March for Our Lives, 8/27/12: video
by Dave Id Thursday Aug 30th, 2012 1:59 PM
Speaking first in the video is Cheri Honkola of the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign and current Green Party candidate for Vice President. Officials questioned about the police action include a high ranking Tampa police officer, who explains the initial presence of riot police as a means to redirect the march down a different street despite the fact that bicycle police had previously been doing the same thing up to that point; a Department of Justice Community Relations Services official, who says that it was police and deputies who made the decision to come out with such an inappropriately large force; and Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn, who declines to comment on the situation and is seen smiling moments later.