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Peaceful end to police, protester confrontation

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(Sheriff David Gee at the protest) (Sheriff David Gee at the protest)
TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Even though there wasn't much RNC action in the Tampa Bay Times Forum Monday, there was plenty in the streets.

It started early with a protest March on The RNC, a large march expected to be one of the biggest of the week.

Next came the march from "Romneyville."

"Romneyville is intended to be a statement of the poor peoples economic human rights campaign about the income inequity that exists in our country," said Reverend Bruce Wright , Romneyville march organizer

Organizers said it would be a peaceful march and it lived up to that claim.

This despite the presence of a few members of the Black Bloc.

That group is known for violent, destructive protests, but one Black Bloc member says they aren't as violent as you think.

"A lot of the public were scared of anarchists and Black Bloc coming to destroy the city, that's not what we came here for. We came here to peacefully protest like everybody else," said Ivan Petrovich of Black Bloc.

During the Romneyville march down Tampa Street they kept their word.

But at the end of the march members of Occupy Wall Street had a  brief confrontation with riot police near the corner of Tampa and Kennedy.

"We're just having a sitting of requesting the riot police to back away," said Anthony Robledo of Occupy Wall Street.

Police say that situation ended without incident.

Next up was a protest march in Ybor.

It started outside the Columbia Restaurant where they hosted a party for the Republican Governors Association.

Protesters say they wanted those men and woman to hear their message.

"The one percent aren't paying their fair share, the wages for the people are going down and down and down, that has to come up," said protester Wayne Olson.

Despite a long day of protests, Tampa stayed relatively trouble free.

Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor says there's a good reason why.

"That is a testament not only to the demonstrators but to the patience of the officers," said Castor.

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