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Anonymous video on YouTube: when Tampa RNC protests are illegal "there's no other option left but to fight" listen

07/10/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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On Monday a new YouTube account from user "Victor Robert" posted this video "Anonymous Message To Mayor Buckhorn And RNC Protesters"

The voice is computer generated. The video includes scenes of Occupy Wall Street protests and police violence. Much of the video is of a person wearing a Guy Fawkes mask walking outdoors near cabbage palms - the video is altered by an electronic effect.

Here are some quotes from the video:

"Mayor Bob Buckhorn has created "Clean Zones" ... a desperate ...

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Activists demand release of NATO protesters charged under anti-terrorism laws listen

07/02/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In response to the three NATO protesters who today plead not guilty to charges that they were planning an attack on President Barack Obama’s campaign headquarters, groups nationwide are asking Cook County State’s attorney Anita Alvarez to drop the charges.

“Hi, my name is Jared Hamil. I’m calling to demand that all charges be dropped against anti-NATO protesters. As a fellow activist, I was at the anti-NATO protest in Chicago. We were all there together to say no more killings...

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Tampa City Council splurges on officers for Republican National Convention listen

06/29/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Thursday Tampa City Council signed off on plans to spend almost $25 million on police officers for the Republican National Convention. Most of it will be used to hire 3,000 officers from 63 outside police agencies.

Money for the extra officers will be reimbursed through a $50 million federal grant appropriated for convention security. And City Council members also approved areas where anyone can demonstrate without permits or time limits. As part of that vote, the city appropriated more ...

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ResistRNC activist says his group won't comply with Tampa's Republican Convention protest zones or parade route

06/27/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Tuesday the City of Tampa announced its official parade route and "public viewing area" for August's Republican National Convention; Resist RNC organizer Amos Miers says his group will be ignoring the city's map. Miers was my guest on Last Call and answered questions from listeners about his group's plans for the RNC.

The official parade route begins at the intersection of N Brush Street and E Washington Street. Protesters can march about four blocks down Washington, then turn left on Morg...

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Tampa designates Republican Convention "public viewing area" and 11-block official parade route listen

06/26/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tuesday the City of Tampa announced its official parade route and "public viewing area" for August's Republican National Convention, and activists like Becky Rubright are upset.

The official parade route begins at the intersection of N Brush Street and E Washington Street. Protesters can march about four blocks down Washington, then turn left on Morgan Street for a block before another left on E Whiting Street. After three more blocks, marchers will turn left on Nebraska Avenue for the fin...

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Tampa's Republican Convention police training video warns other agencies against anarchists listen

06/20/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Tampa Police Department and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office are busy making security plans for the Republican National Convention this summer.

They’re releasing a training video for the 59 law enforcement agencies that will help patrol Tampa during the convention.

In the video, Hillsborough Sheriff David Gee coaches officers to follow proper protocol to ensure situations don’t get out of hand. He said it’s important to keep thing...

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Platt Street Bridge restoration officially complete listen

06/20/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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As Tampa officials get ready for a flood of visitors during the Republican National Convention in August, they’re making some infrastructure improvements. Officials from Hillsborough County and Tampa celebrated the completion of improvements to the Platt Street Bridge today in Tampa after spending 11 million dollars restoring it. Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandra Murman said the bridge was falling apart - it either needed to be replaced or restored.

“And 35,000 cars go across...

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Law enforcement officers working Republican convention in Tampa are warned about anarchists in this training video listen

06/20/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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This afternoon on Last Call we took calls about three stories of the day.

A U.S. House committee voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for not turning over Justice Department Documents related the the Fast and Furious program.

Florida authorities have not found any wrongdoing in the deletion of emails by Governor Rick Scott and members of his transition team.

And this WMNF story on [Tampa's Republican Convention police training video warns other agencies ...

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Tampa Bay region occupy movements join forces to plan their protest during Republican National Convention listen

06/19/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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About 75 Occupiers met at South Straub Park in downtown St. Pete last weekend where they brainstormed new ideas on how to protest things like corporate greed at the Republican National Convention in August. Members from across the Tampa Bay region are coming together for bi-weekly planning sessions. Occupy Tampa’s John Thomas also asked others in the movement to come up with a unified message.

“I’ve seen a big division. It seems almost like teams, like Occupy Tampa, Occupy Wall S...

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Coalition to March on the RNC holds organizing meeting at USF in Tampa listen

06/18/12 Michelle Friedline and Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Coalition to March on the RNC is solidifying its plans to march on the first day of the Republican Convention in August. On Saturday Representatives from community and student groups from around Florida and as far away as Atlanta and Asheville traveled to the University of South Florida in Tampa to learn tactics used in past large-scale protests which they could apply this year to increase their numbers and effectively maintain a strong presence. Mick Kelly, an activist in the anti-war an...

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