Local Activists Protest At IRS Office in Melbourne
By Matt O'Hern // May 22, 2013
PROTEST COINCIDED WITH SENATE HEARING
ABOVE VIDEO: Local activists protest in front of the IRS office in Melbourne,Fla. The protest was in response to the scandal involving the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups, Tea Party members and non-profits with the word “Patriots” included in the organization name.
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Local activists braved torrential rain and gathered to protest at the IRS office in Melbourne.
The protest was in response to the recent resignation of the IRS top executive officer amid revelations that the IRS was targeting conservative non-profit groups.
Protesters waved homemade signs with inscriptions including “Big Government out of Control,” “Welcome to the U.S.S.A,” “IRS is abusive and corrupt,” and “IRS shame on you.” While waving to passing cars, several members of the group chanted “The IRS has got to go.”
“Everybody should be worried,” protester Alice Kreitz said. “If they weren’t targeted by the IRS this time, they may be next time. They just hired thousands of more IRS agents. We didn’t go out into the torrential rain. We want them to hear us. I think the whole IRS should be ended and our congress should get some guts and do something.”
Armed security guards monitored the group. Protesters from the crowd report that they were told by Federal Protection Officers that they were not permitted to take any photographs of the IRS building. According to the DHS’ own bulletin titled “Photographing the Exterior of Federal Facilities,” individuals are permitted to photograph the exterior of federally owned or leased facilities from publicly accessible spaces.