Handful of protesters gather at Florida State Capitol on Inauguration Day

Handful of protesters gather at Florida State Capitol on Inauguration Day
Published: Jan. 20, 2021 at 1:27 PM EST
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - A small number of protesters gathered at the Florida Capitol during the Inauguration Ceremony for President Joe Biden on Wednesday.

The group had different messages, with some signs focusing on Donald Trump and others talking about censorship.

One couple who spoke to WCTV said they drove from Jacksonville Tuesday night to voice their opinions at the Capitol.

They say they know Donald Trump’s presidency is over and they don’t condone the violence seen at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6; however, they would like to see more of an investigation into possible election fraud.

“Votes were heard. So we just feel like, right now, we know it’s over probably, and it’s going to be over,” Suzanne and Earl Austin stated.

Another man who drove up from Tampa says he is protesting censorship.

He said he’s an introvert and always has been, but he was motivated to speak up after Trump was removed from Twitter.

The self-described libertarian says the removal of the app Parler from online stores also raises censorship concerns.

Robert Allen, who drove up from Brandon, said that, “With everybody else. Unless you actually come out and speak about it, it’s not going to change.”

One Fort Lauderdale resident who was at the Capitol Wednesday, Len Murray, said, ““My message here is United We Stand. I was basically shocked at what happened two weeks ago at the Nation’s capitol.”

As of 12:50 p.m., the couple from Jacksonville left, and there were just four protesters left in front of the Capitol.

Law enforcement personnel are still present on roofs and several other places in the area.

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