Protester at Tampa park closed by RNC holds sign: â€œThis fence = democracyâ€ listen09/05/12 SeÃ¡n Kinane
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There has been talk this week about how the security changes to Charlotte have been less drastic and more welcoming during the Democratic convention than they were for the Republican National Convention last week in Tampa. For example, Charlotteâ€™s downtown hosted a major public celebration of Labor Day, whereas parts of Tampa were nearly a ghost town except for police, protesters and barricades.
The change that came over the city before the convention was well illustrated at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, where two days before the scheduled start of the RNC, where a resident who wouldnâ€™t give his real name held a sign that read â€œThis fence = democracy.â€
Here are more photos from the Saturday before RNC in Tampa.