ResistRNC activist says his group won't comply with Tampa's Republican Convention protest zones or parade route06/27/12 Seán Kinane
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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 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 final two blocks before ending at Walton Street where one of the "public viewing areas" begins.
The parade route runs about 11 blocks in all and never comes closer than three blocks from the site of the convention, the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
The city has called its designated protest area a "public viewing area." At previous conventions it has been called a "free speech zone." It's broken up into two areas located between the Forum and most of the parade route. The largest section begins at the end of the parade route and comes as close as about a block and a half to the Forum. The other is underneath the Selmon Expressway.
The city's Event Zone does not place limits on time or number of people participating in protests in the public viewing area.
After the show aired, Miers sent this message:
We are going to officially propose to the City of Tampa that they let resistRNC manage the public viewing area...of course with no fences and removal of the restrictions.
We were going to fit this in the council hearing tomorrow ... but I do not see it on the agenda to be able to address. So we will email it and mail in hard copies as well and also request a response.
Listen to our previous coverage of the parade route.
Here is our full RNC coverage.