OK

The rich white folks from the RNC had a pre-convention party at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg, so a thousand or so protesters dropped by to say "Hi".

The local Occupy St Pete branch made a coffin and tombstones, dressed in black, and did a "Death of Democracy" funeral at the protest.

Medea Benjamin and Code Pink (in pink) did a "Billionaires for Romney" performance. (The folks in the blue caps and shirt were feds from the Department of Justice who had a brief, uh, discussion with the Code Pink performers.)

The concrete barriers and barbed wire fence was there to keep us ruffians away from the rich and famous. Johnny Law was everywhere, but all was peaceful with no arrests.

I'd estimate the crowd at about a thousand. Several busloads of demonstrators arrived from all over the country--I talked with folks from New York, Oakland, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Honolulu, and elsewhere.

Photos below the fold:

DSCN2759

DSCN2761

DSCN2765

DSCN2768

DSCN2769

DSCN2777

DSCN2781

DSCN2784

DSCN2789

DSCN2791

DSCN2793

DSCN2794

DSCN2797

DSCN2800

DSCN2805

DSCN2807

DSCN2809

DSCN2811

DSCN2818

DSCN2819

DSCN2820

DSCN2822

DSCN2824

DSCN2825

DSCN2826

DSCN2829

DSCN2833

DSCN2838

DSCN2842

DSCN2845

DSCN2848

DSCN2849

DSCN2850

DSCN2851

DSCN2852

DSCN2853

DSCN2855

DSCN2856

DSCN2858

DSCN2860

DSCN2863

DSCN2866

DSCN2869

DSCN2870

DSCN2871

DSCN2876

DSCN2878

DSCN2879

DSCN2880

DSCN2882

DSCN2883

DSCN2885

DSCN2887

DSCN2890

DSCN2892

DSCN2893

DSCN2895

DSCN2897

DSCN2904

DSCN2905

DSCN2910

DSCN2919

DSCN2921

DSCN2929
DSCN2930

DSCN2932

DSCN2933

DSCN2934

DSCN2942

DSCN2944

DSCN2946

DSCN2947

DSCN2949

DSCN2951

DSCN2954

DSCN2959

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.