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True Talk cohost Ahmed Bedier's brother killed in Egypt on Wednesday

08/16/13 Robert Lorei
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WMNF's True Talk co-host Ahmed Bedier is in Cairo where his brother was killed by military sniper fire this week. We'll talk with Ahmed and get more about the killing and the situation in Egypt.

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Brazilians in Sarasota protest government corruption in their home country listen

07/02/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Protests over government corruption and poor social services in Brazil have slowed down, but a group of native Brazilians in Sarasota is just getting started. Nearly 50 people protested systemic problems in the South American nation at the famous kissing statue on Sarasota’s waterfront Monday night despite unrelenting rain.

“We want less money for soccer stadiums and airports for the World Cup and more money for what people need which is health, education, housing, a lot of things t...

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Occupy Tampa celebrates its first birthday; members reminisce listen

10/02/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Occupy Tampa turned a year old last week. Supporters marked the occasion with a series of events yesterday in downtown Tampa including a march, sign waving and chalking the sidewalk in front of the Tampa Police Department. One Occupy protester, Andrew Speirs, was confronted by a police officer while drawing political messages in yellow chalk.

Speirs, an active protester during the Republican National Convention in August, complained that police...

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Anti-pollution activists lock themselves together at TECO plant - police use saws to free them listen

08/31/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Seven environmental activists locked themselves down yesterday during a direct action at the TECO power plant in Apollo Beach. Even though police spent hours cutting the locks that linked protesters no one was arrested.

Earth First! activist Leah Rothchild wanted to use the Republican National Convention as a loudspeaker for the group.

“Because this is the dirtiest coal burning power plant in the state of Florida and TECO whose power plant it is, theyâ€...

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Last Call Friday: the RNC Wrap up

08/31/12 Lisa Marzilli
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On today's "post RNC" show we were joined by Tampa activists Life Malcolm and Kelly Benjamin, who were involved in organizing many of the protests covered by WMNF reporters and other local media.

We also heard from UC Irvine Sociology Professor David Meyer on why the projected number of RNC protestors differed so dramatically from the the actual turnout. And we heard from the head of the Charlotte N.C. area [Salvation Army](http...

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University of CA Irvine Professor David Meyer discusses low protestor turnout for Republican National Convention listen

08/31/12 Lisa Marzilli
Last Call Friday
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It's being reported that law enforcement outnumbered protestors at this year's Republican National Convention in Tampa by as much as 4 to 1. The most anticipated "March on the RNC" on Monday was expected to draw some 5,000 people but instead drew a few hundred. Weather was definitely a factor as Florida's entire Gulf coast was under a tropical storm warning from Isaac. ...

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Poor People Economic Human Rights Campaign blocked by police during Monday's second major march on the RNC listen

08/28/12 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Despite a tropical storm warning, school closures, and the postponed Republican convention activities in Tampa, the second major protest of Monday kicked off in the afternoon in the city’s downtown financial district. The Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign organized a large non-permitted march starting in “Romneyville.”

Khaki clothed police officers on bicycles escorted the southbound march for half a mile down Tampa Street, which leads to the RNC venue. Several children ...

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Death of Democracy protest at RNC kick-off party draws more than 1,000 grieving protesters listen

08/27/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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More than 1,000 activists from around the country took to the streets in St. Petersburg yesterday in protest of Republican policies. Marches were planned by two different groups the night before the Republican National Convention begins. But all of the demonstrators came together for one march with an endless list of complaints. Warren Lundquist traveled from Palm Bay on Florida’s west coast with signs saying Mitt Romney should run for president of China, not the U.S. He said he’s not ...

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Hillsborough Public Defender office prepares for arrests during GOP convention listen

08/22/12 Seán Kinane
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The Republican National Convention’s kick-off party is Sunday in St. Petersburg. There are at least three major protests planned outside Tropicana Field that day and many more once the official events move to Tampa on Monday.

If previous political conventions are any measure there will be dozens, if not hundreds of arrests. On this show we found out about how people caught up in arrests will get processed and what their court experience might be like.

Joining us to talk about this w...

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Tampa Police share strategies of devices and tactics they'll use with Republican convention protesters listen

08/17/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Yesterday, the Tampa Police Department gave a behind the scenes look at security plans for the Republican National Convention. The training included a crowd control demonstration using bikes, horses and smoke bombs.

The federal government gave Tampa $50 million to fund security for the convention. Most of that money will pay for thousands of police officers from 60 outside agencies. Kris Babino, a Tampa police officer, has been training many of ...

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