'Stand your Ground' protests at Capitol building grow - FOX 13 News

'Stand your Ground' protests at Capitol building grow

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Civil rights activist and actor Harry Belafonte visited the protest at the Florida Capitol and says he will do whatever is necessary to help the effort.

About 200 people packed the state Capitol this afternoon and called on Governor Rick Scott to call a special legislative session to consider a repeal of the Stand Your Ground law, racial profiling and juvenile justice.

This was the biggest and loudest rally of the 11-day protest so far and Belafonte fired up the crowd with his presence.

He walked through the Capitol, greeting the protesters, and headed to the governor's office.

Belafonte urged Gov. Scott to act now because he said the protest will only grow bigger and bigger if he doesn't.

Belafonte said the scope of the protest can grow to the point where a nonviolent effort can shut down the state of Florida.

"If he is at all in touch with history, he should know that this is just the beginning of the journey and I would suggest that he deal with it now while there's still sanity and peace and willingness to not see anything go askew," Belafonte said. "It's not violent. If he pays attention now and he deals with the issue now, he might prevent it from escalating to something infinitely bigger."

So far, Gov. Scott and legislative leaders have declined to call a special session because they say they support Florida Stand Your Ground law and see no need for changes.

But Belafonte said now is the time for a discussion and debate.

"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," he said. "If there's continued resistance to what we're doing we will just mount our campaign against that resistance and that resistance could lead to places that become less governable."

FOX 13 asked all the state lawmakers where they stand on the issue. You can see how they responded here: http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/22943161/2013/07/26/where-do-florida-lawmakers-stand-on-stand-your-ground-law


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