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Martial Law In Tampa


Security at Republican National Convention "overwhelming" for some

By Tamara Lush
The Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. — They seem to be on every street corner. Police officers riding bicycles, horses and golf carts that look like baby Humvees. Metal barricades surround all of Tampa's government buildings. State police, the FBI, the Secret Service — some in riot gear — fill the city's streets surrounding the Republican National Convention.

Some people, from visitors to downtown business owners, wonder whether the convention security is all a little too much.

"I think it's overwhelming," said Ellen Brown, the owner of a bookstore in downtown Tampa. "It seems oppressive to me."



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