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Add comment on:Day One of the 2012 RNC: Welcome to the Ghost Town/Police State of Tampa, 8/27/12: photos
The mayor and city council in Tampa have undoubtedly handed over the entire city to the Republican National Convention and law enforcement authorities. No one else is welcome. While delegates and republican officials come and go with ease special Secret Service passes around their necks, local residents who work downtown have been asked to work remotely or take days off this week. Parking restrictions are in effect for most of downtown, and without a thriving public transportation system, making access to the area more difficult. Fear-mongering "warnings" from the DHS and FBI about anarchists potentially using improvised explosive devices (IEDs) during the convention likely made many folks feel less safe about coming to downtown Tampa. Those who choose to brave downtown Tampa can expect to be under the constant watch of police, sheriff's deputies, and an array of federal law enforcement authorities. The result is Tampa as a ghost town, with a smattering of locals making their way about and protests smaller than at any previous national political convention in recent history.
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