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Protesters Confront Romney Supporters at Faith and Freedom Rally

Members of Code Pink led the march in front of Tampa's historic Tampa Theatre past a long line of older people waiting for admittance into the Faith and Freedom rally.

The women dressed in hot pink outfits chanted "GOP hear our voice, it's our body, it's our choice."

The Code Pink protesters were followed by a larger, more vocally united march of dozens chanting "We are the 99 percent." They carried placards and posters. At the very front, several carried a banner that read:

"Mitt Romney: Come to Freeport, IL - Save SENSATA Jobs!"

For a short period, about a half-dozen demonstrators lay down on the sidewalk in front of the 1920's theater. The Faith and Freedom attendees were relatively silent as the demonstrators passed them by. One onlooker shouted, "Romney: capitalism or communism."


Workers from Sensata in Freeport, Ill., want to meet with presidential candidate Mitt Romney because the company is owned by Bain Capital, which plans to close the Freeport plant by the end of the year and relocate operations to China according to the Journal Standard.

Romney once led Bain but was no longer running the firm when it bought Sensata. The workers protested outside the Faith and Freedom event along with members from Code Pink.

Bobbie O’Brien has been a Reporter/Producer at WUSF since 1991. She reports on general news topics in Florida and the Tampa Bay region.
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