Friday, August 07, 2009

Tampa: Health Reform Town Hall Marred by Violence

Huffington Post:

Police officers were called to calm down an unruly crowd outside a health care reform town hall meeting in downtown Tampa, Florida on Thursday evening, according to local news reports.

Angry protesters screamed, yelled and banged on windows as officers hurried to guard the entrances to the facility, where U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor was trying to discuss the various health care reform proposals being debated in Congress. One photojournalist said that a fistfight broke out inside the building, reports WTSP.

Many of the hundreds of protesters said that they had been inspired by a conservative activist group promoted by Fox News host Glenn Beck and some received emails from the county Republican party, according to the St. Petersburg Times...

...The Tampa Tribune reports that some protesters carried racist caricatures of President Obama and added details of more fights and scuffles...

CNN also covers the story: Town hall meeting on health care turns ugly

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

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