Tampa Police Monitoring RNC Protest Chatter Online

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa police are monitoring Internet chatter and videos that may encourage protesters to cause problems and break laws during the Republican National Convention.

WTSP (http://on.wtsp.com/NA9xbD) reports protesters planning on coming to the convention are being egged on to “battle” authorities and “let nothing stop” them.

That’s part of the message included in a 5-minute long video recently posted online by a masked person claiming to be with the hacker collective Anonymous. The video, which mentions Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn by name, promises to give the convention “a battle they will forever remember.”

Some protesters are especially upset with the city’s creation of a protest zone established for the convention.

Officials say the GOP convention, which is scheduled to begin on August 27th, will attract about 15,000 protesters.

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