Successful Unplanned March in Downtown Tampa
200 protesters arrived at Gaslight Park in Downtown Tampa just after 12 p.m. After protesting in the park for a short time, the group split up, with approximately 100 protesters marching to the Bank of America building. They entered the bank's front plaza. They put stickers and were writing with chalk on the private property. Crowd management officers asked the demonstrators to leave the private property and they complied without incident.
The 2nd group of approximately 100 protesters, marched through city streets towards the Tampa Bay Times Forum, where the convention will take place. Bike officers rolled alongside the unplanned march closing cross streets to keep the protesters safe from traffic. They marched to the public viewing area where they chanted and held a brief rally before loading onto busses to head to St. Petersburg for the opening event of the RNC. During the event, the Salvation Army mobile response truck offered water to the demonstrators. The demonstration was peaceful and there were no arrests or incidents.
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