TAMPA, FL — Mitt Romney is currently on stage at the Republican National Convention. During his speech, a group of protesters attempted to interrupt the proceedings by shouting from the seats above the convention floor. Audience members drowned them out with chants of, “USA! USA! USA!”
Politicker was unable to hear the protesters from our spot on the convention floor, but, according to journalist Andrew Coyne, they were waving pink banners and shouting, “People over profits!” The protesters were quickly removed by security personnel. Dan Libit of the Daily said the protesters were affiliated with the activist group Code Pink, which staged a similar interruption during Paul Ryan’s speech yesterday.
After the outburst, we ran off the floor to see if we could find those responsible for the interruption. When we reached the area where they had been taken out, an employee of the Tampa Bay Times Forum, where the convention is being held, told us there were three protesters who were “taken out” one of the exits by security.
We attempted to walk outside the exit, however a man blocked out way and said, “You’re not going downstairs.” Another official later informed us the man was a “sergeant-at-arms” for the RNC.
Update (11:45 p.m.): Code Pink claims four “activists” were involved in the protest. We spoke to an RNC attendee who said he was seated near the interruption. He told us he was unable to read the banner held by the protesters.
“All I could see was pink,” he said.