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Police cut free protesters chained to pipe; draw praise for lack of arrests
Sheriff’s police needed an industrial saw to free a group of protesters who locked themselves to a piece of pipe and laid across the road during a protest at the Tampa Electric Company’s plant, according to Tampa Bay Online.
About 150 protesters attended the event – one jumped on a stopped tanker truck and others banged on drums.
The Tampa Bay Times reported nobody was arrested because the protesters agreed to leave the area. Sheriff’s police noted there was no property damage and nobody was injured.
Protesters offered praise for how Tampa Bay police handled their demonstrations during the event, and Mayor Bob Buckhorn and former mayor Pam Iorio agreed, according to The Tampa Bay Times.