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Tampa Police evict squatters who took abandoned house before Republican convention listen

09/07/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A couple who took over an abandoned house in Tampa just before the Republican convention was evicted this morning by Tampa Police.

Tyler Mitchell is an activist who was there to help the squatters, who did not want to be interviewed.

Mitchell said the police did not have legal standing to evict the residents, but they let the Police into the home.

“We are at 208 East North Street in Tampa, Florida. This is a site where there was a housin...

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Activists think Republican convention security was overkill listen

09/04/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Tampa Police Department hired thousands of extra officers to help with security for the Republican National Convention last week; some activists who were protesting the event including Occupy Tampa’s Andrew Speirs think it was overkill.

“The police have been showing up with overwhelming force for peaceful protesters mainly using, not so much fear tactics, but just using overwhelming numbers to try to keep us in their sense of calm when we are doing nothing but being peaceful anywa...

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Anarchists continue peaceful protests in streets of Tampa on final night of Republican convention listen

08/31/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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For a fifth straight day protests of the Republican National Convention were peaceful. More than 100 demonstrators, many of whom described themselves as anarchists – marched through the streets of downtown Tampa until after midnight, after the convention was over.

The celebrations ended soon after a steady trickle of convention delegates and alternates made their way north on Ashley. That’s the scene of the only close encounters between protesters and a few dozen convention-goers. A f...

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Romneyville campers may struggle with finding a place to sleep after Republican convention listen

08/30/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Romneyville camp in downtown Tampa was set up as a place for both protesters and people without homes to sleep during the Republican National Convention. Now that the event is drawing to a close people are going to have to start finding other places to go.

Shortly after all of the delegates and journalists leave Tampa, Romneyville residents will have to pack up their tents and go somewhere else. The Poor People’s Economic and Human Rights Campaign leased the property where they’r...

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Tampa Police give leftover Republican convention lunches to Romneyville homeless camp listen

08/30/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Police presence around the Romneyville camp has been tight this week, but today they showed up not for security, but to hand out food. Hundreds of left over boxed lunches were given to people sleeping in tents in downtown Tampa.

Inside the white boxes were massive sandwiches, chips and fresh fruit. Most of the people staying at Romneyville don’t have homes and often wonder where their next meal will come from. The camp had a bus that...

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Tampa's the place for Food Not Bombs "World Gathering" and the Republican National Convention

08/17/12 Lisa Marzilli
Last Call Friday
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In a little more than a week, thousands of people will be heading to the Tampa area to make their voices heard outside the Republican National Convention. Some estimates put the number as high as 15,000. Regardless of what that number is, one thing is for sure – many of them will need a need a place to crash and food to eat.

While the folks at the Occupy Tampa and Romneyville are readying t...

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Romneyville campers might get kicked out before Republican convention listen

07/27/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Activists camping in tents on the property of a private business in downtown Tampa may be forced to leave. On the conflict at the Romneyville encampment set up to protest the Republican National Convention next month.

The camp was set up in May with permission from the owner of downtown’s Army/Navy surplus store, Nick Potamitis. Activists signed a four-month contract and paid him $1500 dollars in advance for rent until early September. But [Tampa code enforcement](http://www.tampagov.n...

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Republican convention protesters unveil threats of violence against them listen

07/19/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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An organization planning to protest at the Republican National Convention next month is claiming they are the target of violent threats. The group ResistRNC has listed several quotes they claim came from direct messages to their website.

Most of the alleged emails warn members of the group not to use violence during their demonstrations. But Amos Miers, one of ResistRNC’s organizers, said some of them are nothing more than threats – like this one:

“It’s from Nick Athan and th...

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Tampa's Romneyville is the new Hooverville for Republican Convention listen

07/18/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Another activist encampment has popped up in Tampa ahead of next month’s Republican National Convention. Supporters of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign are slowly setting up a camp they’re calling Romneyville. Bruce Wright is leading the effort to make the area accessible to protesters and safe for people seeking refuge.

“A lot of the homeless community and poor people are going to be displaced and persecuted anyway during this time frame and so this is also a s...

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