PROTEST AT BUSH RALLY IN ST PETE-Andrew Stelzer

10/19/04

Before President Bush came to Pasco County, he held a rally in St Petersburg this morning, giving a similar speech. About 75 people gathered across the street from Progress Energy Park in downtown St Pete, to protest the President’s appearance and his policies.

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Larry Fahn, the president of the Sierra club was among the protestors.

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As the president arrived, the protestors were joined on the sidewalk by about 30 Bush supporters, some of whom came too late to be let into the rally; others who just wanted a glimpse of the President.

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As the morning wore on and Bush began to speak, the presidents’ supporters and those who are hoping to elect John Kerry began chanting at each other, and engaging in yelling matches and the occasional debate.

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WMNF asked both Bush and Kerry supporters why they thought the other group had different views on the job performance of president Bush, and why the Tampa bay area, and the country, is divided politically.

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The shouting and chanting escalated when the crowd of several thousand people came out of the rally after George W Bush departed.

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Police occasionally stepped in between people shouting at each other, but there were no arrests reported.

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Bush headed back to Washington DC tonight; he is expected to return to Florida at least once more before election day, quite possibly the Tampa bay area.

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