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Harry Belafonte, Trayvon Martin Protesters Denied Food At Florida Capitol

Harry Belafonte, Trayvon Martin Protesters Denied Food At Florida Capitol

Harry Belafonte and a group of activists at the Florida capitol to protest the stand your ground law were denied food deliveries by state officials, sparking unrest among the group.

Belafonte joined the Dream Defenders in Tallahassee to call for the end of the stand your ground law, a controversial measure that allows for deadly force to be used in reaction to a perceived threat to life. It is the law cited when George Zimmerman shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in 2012.

The protesters want a special session of Florida’s legislature to repeal the law, and have taken to the capitol to protest in the wake of Zimmerman’s acquittal.

The Dream Defenders, made up mostly of college students, have been outside Governor Rick Scott’s office since thee days after the not guilty verdict. Their cause was bolstered this week when Harry Belafonte, the singer and activist, joined the cause.

But the protesters quickly grew angry when state officials denied after-hours delivery of food to the capitol, which many viewed as an attempt to starve them out.

State officials deny the charge, saying the protesters agreed to rules that no outsiders would be allowing in the building after 5 pm on Fridays.

“Our rules haven’t changed since the beginning of the protest,” said Gretl Plessinger, spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Despite the food stoppage, protesters seemed to be invigorated by the addition of Harry Belafonte. On Saturday he called on Governor Scott to act on the law before the situation becomes “ungovernable.”

“At the moment all of this is governable, all of this is in a place where it can be debated and analyzed and discussed in a very peaceful, calm, productive way,” Belafonte said.

The Dream Defenders also appear ready to remain at the capitol until action is taken.

“I’m prepared to spend a whole month, a whole season… I’m prepared to be here till next legislative session if that’s necessary,” said Ciara Taylor of the Dream Defenders.

Harry Belafonte has spoken out on a number of causes and is a noted Civil Rights activist, having marched alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s.

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22 Responses to “Harry Belafonte, Trayvon Martin Protesters Denied Food At Florida Capitol”

  1. John Nicoletti

    Of all the many civic minded celebrities around, who show up. Harry Belafonte. an old black Jamaican malcontent, who HAS MADE MILLIONS IN OUR COUNTRY, AND HAS NEVER HAD A POSITIVE WORD TO SAY ABOUT AMERICA. TYPICAL ANTI WHITE, IGNORANT, IMMIGRANT, WITH NO SOCAIL REDEEMING VALUES. HARRY, TIME TO RETURN TO THAT BEAUTIFUL, RACIST COUNTRY OF YOUR BIRTH. YOU OVERSTAYED YOUR WELCOM.

  2. Sheila Scarborough

    Harry speaks the truth and had always been an activist for all the right causes
    Maybe you need to ho back to your country also since your family came over on the ship also. People like you that think uou own this country that makes america a bad impression

  3. Sheila Scarborough

    Hw maybe old to you but he's been bless to live a longer time than you might live. You better pray that you should live as long asshole

  4. Carmen Nunn

    And when did you become the Welcome Wagon for America? With the negative insight you display, maybe it's time you returned to your country. I see no social redeeming values in your mentality. In fact, it's people like you that make the country look bad with your judgmental arrogance. Ignorance? You thought it was a true power point and jumped up and got more of it then you needed. This country would be a different country if there were less people in it like you.

  5. Gary Orum

    Ahh, racism in America. It is refreshing to see that many African Americans are as narrow sighted and hate filled as the White bigots…..Rage on.

  6. Chelsea Ringle

    Harry, why don't you feed them with the millions you have hidden away.

  7. Gene Dexter

    if you're going to speak on ignorance, at least get some of this spelling right **social** **welcome** – oh, and before I forget…… you're lost. #JusticeForTrayvon

  8. Maliban Al Maliban

    trayvon grab and smash him head—- that be why him now be dead. jZ him one stupid man, not unerstan him afri-kan. smash whitie head, him be fight back put him bullet to stop the attack. affirmative action not good for knee-bros, need to stop watchin them daytime tv shows. get a job and work and study–than the way to get the money.

  9. Pamela Dunn

    Armand Winter
    And you in your "hoodie" look like anmoron, bet your pants are below your butt, nice way to advertise for Gays.

  10. Pamela Dunn

    And he's nothing more than a has-been singer and a left wing liberal idiot. He should go to the old peoples home and shut up instead of spewing stupidity.

  11. Teresa Causey

    I'm not necessarily disagreeing with you but, just because one is no longer in the public eye or retired, does not make them a washout or has been.

  12. Charles Dixon

    Stevie wonder said he would not do any concerts in any state where stand your ground law was. Most all states have a form of that law in place. If he wasn’t a has-been already, he will be from the lack of work. O.J Simson has all but confessed to murder. We never heard from Harry or the wonder.