Tax protest draws hundreds to Harrisburg

November 15, 2009 11:28:50 AM PST
Leaders of a protest that brought hundreds of people to Harrisburg over the weekend say they hope to send a message to state lawmakers about fiscal responsibility and taxes.

Participants in the event hosted by the Pennsylvania Tea Party Patriots marched through the city to the state Capitol steps Saturday chanting "Can you hear us now?" They carried signs protesting everything from abortion to gun control and waved U.S. flags as Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It" blared from a loudspeaker.

Capitol police estimated the crowd at 1,500 to 2,000 people.

Organizers say they plan to present a petition to Gov. Ed Rendell and instruct members on how to lobby officials.

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