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Journalists and suspected activists denied entrance to 'public' Citizens United film screening

08/31/12 Liz McKibbon

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CODEPINK’s Medea Benjamin protested in her vagina costume a number of times during the week of RNC in Tampa.


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Several people, including journalists, were denied access to a film screening about the Occupy movement Thursday. The film sponsored by Citizens United was described as being free and open to the public on the last day of the Republican National Convention. WMNF’s Liz McKibbon was one of the people denied access. This is her story:

I arrived at downtown Tampa’s Liberty Plaza with tickets and a press badge and passed through the first security checkpoint. During a second security screening at the door to the theater they found CODEPINK press release inside my bag. I told the employee that I was press and that there might be protesters at the event and I was here to document it. But she asked me to leave immediately and I was led out by security. Outside I talked to Andrea Assaf, another woman denied entrance to the event.

“I just arrived here at Liberty Plaza a little bit late, because it was very hard to find parking—to attend a movie that I have a ticket for that I signed up for online and printed out and brought my ID followed all of the instructions. To see the Citizens United movie Occupied Unmasked. And when I presented my ticket and my ID, I was told—I was denied entrance because they have determined that I am on a list as a potential Occupier.”

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

08/31/12 Janelle Irwin

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Activists made tube-shaped locks around their arms that police removed with circular power saws.


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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, they’re a contributor to the RNC.”

So the activists secretly planned three lockdowns at the plant with smokestacks as a backdrop. Rothchild said two groups of three attached themselves to each other in the middle of one of the roads trucks use to make deliveries including coal. The demonstrators were connected with homemade tubes. Read full story

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

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

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

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

08/31/12 Seán Kinane

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The heavy police presence typical of RNC week. This is minutes before the coronation of the 1% ceremony.


photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF



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 few protesters went beyond the typical chanting and yelled curses at delegates. One of the people coming from the convention told a black protester to go back to his own country.

Like most of the anarchists nervous about being targeted by law enforcement, the protester would not give his name. The only incidence of violence is when protester Mariah McKinney was shoved by a person Getty Images identified as an alternate delegate from the Republican convention.

Several journalists, police and protesters witnessed the shove. Read full story

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

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

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

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