Tea Party: Protect SoCal Citizens, Businesses From ‘Occupy’ Violence

SAN DIEGO (CBS) — Leaders of the Tea Party movement in San Diego on Tuesday called on city leaders to protect citizens and businesses from recent violence linked to  “Occupy” protesters.

KNX 1070’s Tom Reopelle reports the move comes after an alleged assault from a San Diego “occupier”.

Local Tea Party member Rhonda Deniston was reportedly assaulted by a protester while videotaping an “Occupy San Diego” gathering last week.

Tea Party members are calling on the city to provide more protection from what has become an increasingly unruly demonstration.

Deniston said the press conference on Tuesday is not a protest but rather a call for city officials to act.

“This is not a counter-protest,” she said. “This is basically a press conference to denounce the violence that is happening within this Occupy movement and to denounce the city’s inaction to protect the citizens of the city. ”

San Diego police defended both groups’ right to assembly peaceably and called for them to exercise restraint during the press conference.

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