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Protesters Come to the Republican National Convention — PICTURES

August 26, 2012

Among the thousands of people gathering for the Republican National Convention in Tampa are hundreds of protesters. These are scenes from the week's demonstrations.

Demonstrators chant during a protest and sit-in, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. Protestors gathered in Tampa to march in demonstration against the Republican National Convention.(AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Demonstrators chant during a protest march, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. Protestors gathered in Tampa to march in demonstration against the Republican National Convention.(AP Photo/Dave Martin)

In Tampa, Fla., a protestor puts a crown on a Mitt Romney effigy, Thursday August 30.(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

 

Ron Paul delegate Cynthia Kennedy of Nevada speaks during a protest on Wednesday at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.(AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Demonstrators chant during a protest on Wednesday evening.(AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Demonstrators march during a protest, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, in Tampa, Fla.(AP Photo/Dave Martin)

 

Demonstrators march during a protest, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, in Tampa, Fla.(AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Protestors gathered in Tampa to march in demonstration against the Republican National Convention.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Amid rain, abortion rights protestors gathered in Tampa to march in demonstration.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

 

Demonstrators march with raised fists in the Ybor City section of Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, during a protest of new so-called voter-fraud laws.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

People protesting voter-fraud laws and measures enacted in several states take to the streets in the Ybor City section of Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012.(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Among Tuesday's demonstrators in Tampa's Ybor City march is a woman (right) protesting Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott's attempt to purge the state's voter rolls of those who aren't U.S. citizens that many say targets Hispanics and would disenfranchise legal voters.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

 

A woman is led away during former presidential candidate Rick Santorum's speech at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday night in Tampa, Fla.(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

A protester holds a flag of the world without borders symbolizing his belief that the world should be open for people to travel freely.(Liz Lynch)

Vermin Supreme walks with demonstrators marching through the streets of Tampa on Monday.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

 

A demonstrator lays on the street between other demonstrators and police in riot gear during the "March on the RNC" in tTampa on Monday, Fla., on Aug. 27, 2012.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Police officers suited up in riot gear in case of trouble watch demonstrators marching through the streets of Tampa, Fla., on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012.(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

A police officer takes photos of the "March on the RNC" protesters on Monday in Tampa.(AP Photo/Dave Martin)

 

Demonstrators in Monday's march gather outside as they reach the Republican National Convention outside the convention site.(Chet Susslin)

Mounted officers provide security outside the Republican convention site during Monday's protest.(Chet Susslin)

One demonstrator wearing a Mitt Romney mask while listening to a speech at the protest on Monday.(AP Photo/Dave Martin)

 

Robert Berg of Sarasota, Fla., and his canine companion participate in a Dogs Against Romney protest in Tampa on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

A "March on the RNC" demonstrator braves the rain weather to listen to a speech on Monday. Hundreds of protesters gathered in a park and marched to the site of the Republican National Convention.(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Protest marchers carry a puppet depicting Mitt Romney during a march on Sunday in Tampa.(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

 

Police officers walk a man to a holding cell after they found him with a large knife during a march on Sunday in Tampa.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

A police officer watches a protest march in Tampa on Sunday, the day before the official start of before the Republican National Convention.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Medea Benjamin of Washington, D.C., displays her sign during a Code Pink protest on the Sunday before the Republican National Convention in Tampa.(AP Photo/Dave Martin)

 

Police stand watch during a protest in Tampa on Sunday. In the foreground are balloons that read "99%," referencing the Occupy wall Street slogan.(AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Hundreds of protesters gather in Gas Light Park in downtown Tampa on Sunday for a demonstration march targeting the Republican National Convention.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Demonstrators march in Tampa on Sunday.(AP Photo/Dave Martin)

 

A demonstrator holds a sign before a protest march on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. The Republican National Convention was slated to begin the following week.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Florida National Guard troops stand at the ready along barricades erected around the Tampa Police Department on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012.(AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Protesters near the end of their march to the Tampa bay Times Forum, site of the Republican National Convention, on Aug. 27, 2012.(Chet Susslin)

 

Protesters gather outside the Republican National Convention site on Monday in Tampa, Fla.(Chet Susslin)

Security officers gather outside the Republican National Convention site on Aug. 27, 2012, in Tampa, Fla.(Chet Susslin)

A truck carries the media covering protesters' "March on the RNC" held on Aug. 27, 2012, in Tampa, Fla.(Liz Lynch)

 

A Ron Paul supporter wears a clip on his nose. Protesters shouted “It stinks in here!” because Paul delegates from Maine were replaced by delegates for Romney.(Fawn Johnson)

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