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Police outnumber convention protesters by 4-1 in Tampa

•, By Jordy Yager
 Roughly 250 protesters took part in Monday’s “March on the RNC,” a figure dramatically lower than the 5,000 people organizers said would take part in the rally.
Organizers blamed the depressed turnout on Tropical Storm Isaac, which led Republicans to postpone high-profile GOP speakers originally set to take the stage on Monday, such as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.).
Nearly 1,000 officers were on hand to ensure the rally was peaceful, about four times the number of demonstrators in the streets.

After the FBI and Department of Homeland Security issued a joint bulletin warning Tampa’s convention could be targeted by anarchists, police in tan uniforms were positioned all along the protest route.

Officers lined the streets, encircling the mobile demonstration with fleets of bicycles, all-terrain vehicles, horses and SUVs in an attempt to contain possible attacks before they became violent. The demonstrators wended their way through Tampa chanting variations of, “Hey, hey! Ho, ho! The RNC must go!”

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