Tax Day protest may get blamed for I-4 crash listen04/15/13 Janelle Irwin
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A traffic accident early this morning may get blamed on a demonstration on U.S. 301 over I-4 may. Tax day protesters lined the overpass with light up signs demonizing big corporations for not paying their fair share of taxes.
Back-lit posters spelled out the words â€˜U paid more taxes than Verizon.â€™ The group of a dozen activists wanted to send a message to people on their Monday morning commute to work that wealthy corporations exploit tax loopholes. Just as activists were about to switch from Verizon to Bank of America the loud boom of cars colliding and flipping stopped the group dead in their tracks. Occupy Tampaâ€™s Nathan Schwartz immediately started speculating that the crash could spell trouble for future Tampa Light Brigade actions.
â€œIt could, basically trigger a debate as to whether or not we should be doing what weâ€™re doing. I donâ€™t think itâ€™s our fault. I think that thereâ€™s a lot of lights, thereâ€™s busy things on the road and itâ€™s on people to watch and make sure that theyâ€™re not â€“ donâ€™t look at our signs if youâ€™re going to get in an accident. Just be careful and we donâ€™t want to cause anything like that and I donâ€™t think itâ€™s really on us. I hope theyâ€™re OK though.â€
The group contemplated packing up their stacks and stacks of signs in anticipation of police arriving. They opted to continue the demonstration, but loaded up as much of their materials as they could in case officers broke up the protest.