"Mitt Romney" at West Palm protest
Echoing the Occupy movement, protesters took to the street in West Palm Beach this afternoon rallying against the 1 percent and the war they say is being lodged against the lower and middle classes.
But this time the protesters had clear targets: Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.
It was no coincidence that more than 30 protesters showed up to the corner of Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard and Forum Way on the day that Romney will accept the Republican nomination for president.
The protest, organized by Stand Up Florida, The Florida Alliance for Retired Americans and the Service Employees International Union, brought out protesters holding banners that read “Romney economy creates poverty,” “Ruthless Non-Regulated Corruption (RNC),” and “Women will remember in November.”
Protesters chanted, “Can’t pay my bills, can’t pay my rent, nothing never trickles from the 1 percent.”
“They are up there at the convention lying and creating a fantasy land,” said Tony Fransetta, president of Florida Alliance for Retired Americans.
Frank Angel, a retired plant worker from Illinois now living in Boca Raton, wore his “I (heart) Obamacare shirt.”
“Ryan said last night, and it was a flat out lie, that a plant closed under Obama when it was under the Bush administration,” Angel said. “To blame him for something he had nothing to do with is flat out lying.”
Barbara Phillippi of Wellington said she was there to support women.
“I’m proud to say that women stopped being cattle in the United States years ago,” Phillippi said. “But we are heading that way again. The Romney/Ryan administration will make a concentrated effort to take away a women’s right to choose. Next up is birth control.”
The protesters planned to stage a play this afternoon. They gave a sneak preview with a man dressed up in a Romney mask wearing a crown and a “King of Poverty” sash running around shouting, “Where’s my money?”