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Small Gathering in Hartford Against Florida Voting Irregularities -- Part 4
12 Nov 2000
The Connecticut State Capitol Building in Hartford was the site of a small demonstration against irregularities in Florida's recent Presidential vote. Approximately fifteen people gathered on a cold, overcast New England afternoon, holding signs and exchanging views. The event took place at 1pm on Saturday, November 11, 2000.
At one point, a counter-demonstrator walked up the hill toward the small crowd of reporters and activists. He was holding aloft the flag of the United States Marine Corps. Upon reaching the crowd, the flag-bearer declared that the charges of vote fraud and calls for a second vote were "a Democratic Party sham to steal the election." He added that the side that lost was going against the U.S. Constitution, and "I oppose people who oppose the Constitution." As the others disagreed with him at the same time, the flag-bearer raised his voice. Tempers also rose when the flag-bearer declared "stupid" the voters in Palm Beach who were confused by the design of their ballots. At one point one of the demonstrators walked up to the flag-bearer and pulled on his sleeve, and a State Trooper intervened. The officer pulled the flag-bearer aside to extricate him from the confrontation and ask him some question. The trooper also spoke with the woman who tugged the flag-bearer, as well as a nearby witness.

The flag-bearer told the troopers he wanted to press charges, and he refused to answer reporters' questions.
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