Occupy activists clash with Westboro Baptist church protestors outside the Republican convention
While delegates and newsmakers more or less took the day off while waiting for Issac (and waiting out tornado warnings in the area), the March on the RNC went forward as initially planned. But when the official march reached its end point, a few of the participants decided they weren’t done, and headed toward the Tampa Convention Center to try to draw the media’s attention away from the official opening of the convention, where they were met by a bunch of bicycle cops trained to use their transportation as roving barricades.
But on the way to challenge the cops, the plan went slightly awry: the marchers were confronted by a small groups of Westboro Baptist Church protestors with a loud speaker and some definite opinions on liberals’ supposed lack of patriotism, same sex marriage and women’s suffrage, which you can watch below.
After the camera cut off, one protestor encouraged his comrades to leave the Westboro people alone “with their imaginary sky being,” and the Westboro speaker told one woman, “If you’re looking to get a man like me, you need to dress a lot differently.”
Watch the video, first uploaded to YouTube on August 27, 2012, below: