Occupy Tampa comes to Lykes Gaslight Park

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Tampa, Florida -- Occupy Tampa organizers say their protest is going to be the largest in Florida in over a decade, with more than 1,000 people expected to convene at Tampa's Lykes Gaslight Park to protest their disdain over the state of the economy and the direction the country is heading in.

Photos: "Occupy" movement comes to Tampa

Protest organizers tell 10 News a union is planning to bus people in from across the state to take part in the event.

They call themselves the "99%" in their criticism of the wealthiest 1% in our country.

The event was sparked by what started as a small, grassroots protest on Wall Street a mere three weeks ago, that's since spread to cities across the country with the help of social media.  As Occupy Wall Street continues to spread its message in lower Manhattan, Occupy Tampa is gearing up to solidify its message.

The group says it wants to hear all opinions and share ideas... a chance to "simmer."

It's no coincidence the gathering is in the middle of Tampa's banking district. While the group has yet to define the issues it will stand for, there are several things the protestors have in common... they don't like the state of our economy, the wars and political greed.

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Protest organizers are stressing the importance of a non-violent, orderly protest, but are telling participants to photograph everything.

The protestors say they're using "general assemblies" to make decisions.  Among the Occupy Tampa General Assembly decisions today includes whether they'll actually occupy Gaslight Park.

The protest began at 9 a.m. and is scheduled to go until 6 p.m.  Participants are urged on the group's Facebook page to bring sleeping bags, food, supplies and cameras and to be ready for anything.

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According to the group's blog page, they'll march from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. in Tampa's financial district, marching in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street. 

The Tampa event also coincides with the rally in Washington, D.C.

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