Tampa, Florida -- Those opposed to the RNC took to the streets marching and screaming slogans like, "Whose streets? Our streets! Whose streets? Our streets."
For more than an hour, the streets of downtown Tampa did belong the protesters who -- unlike the local officials fawning over the GOP -- were the official "unwelcoming" committee.
The protesters lashed out at the GOP and Mitt Romney. The protesters also took on anyone who represented the establishment.
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While the crowd was built with an anti-establishment tone, the organizers worked with establishment figures to make the parade come off virtually without a hitch.
Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor explains, "We specifically worked with them to set up this route, because our original route was too small to accommodate thousands of individuals."
Thousands didn't show up because of the weather, the threat of a hurricane, or perhaps just apathy. But Police Chief Jane Castor doesn't believe those who didn't show are done with protesting the RNC.
Castor says, "My guess is they will go to Plan B and make it another time to reorganize. I can't imagine they are not going to come to Tampa and express their viewpoints and march and we will work with to develop any route they feel is necessary."
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But those who did make it, like Rae Abileah with Code Pink: Women for Peace, say rain or shine they had to let GOP know how the opposition felt.
"We feel like we are a really important presence here in the streets, representing the majority of women who want access to reproductive health care and birth control, who want our bodies celebrated and protected."
While the weather and the stutter start of the convention may have curtailed some of the protesters coming here, authorities aren't letting their guard down.
They are still convinced that some of the anarchists, particularly from the group Anonymous plan to show up and create a disruption that moves beyond being a protest and turns into destructive illegal activity.
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