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PHOTOS: 100 Protesters Rally Against Bridge Tolls

Residents from Portsmouth and nearby communities turned out Friday afternoon to protest proposed bridge tolls on the new Sakonnet River Bridge.

 

More than 100 demonstrators took advantage of a talk show host and Rhode Island celebrity's visit to Portsmouth Friday to protest  

Demonstrators from Portsmouth, Tiverton, Little Compton and elsewhere braved the rain and stood along the busy East Main Road to protest . 

The rally was held during Friday's taping of the WPRO's Buddy Cianci Show at . The taping was held to honor Rhode Island Day, an annual event held to promote . 

However, former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci couldn't ignore the controversial toll issue and spoke with several state and local politicians about the heated topic, including Senator Chris Ottiano. 

Outside the store and across the parking lot, demonstrators grabbed their signs (an umbrellas) and shouted along the busy street. Many cars and trucks honked their horns in support. 

"I can't afford to come over here to shop with the tolls coming in," said Charlie Chase of Fall River, MA, as he waved a "Don't Tread On Me" flag.

Featured above are photos from the rally, which was expected to continue until 6 p.m. Friday. 

Joe Sousa. August 13, 2012 at 10:27 AM
Send an email to your congressional leaders and ask them to stop the transfer of the bridge . The bridge transfer requires approval of the Federal High way commission. Send an email today and let them know you want action.
William F Horan August 16, 2012 at 11:47 PM
The budget passed on a 57-15 vote, and needed fifty votes to pass (2/3 of the House, under the Constitution). If Reilly's eight colleagues from the East Bay (Newport and Bristol Counties) had voted with him and against the budget than the budget, and the tolls, would have failed by one vote. Who voted FOR bridge tolls (voting FOR the budget): Rep. Edwards Rep. Ruggiero Rep. Gallison Rep. Martin Rep. Jackson Sen. DiPalma Sen. Paiva-Weed Sen. Ottiano REMEMBER THIS AND VOTE THEM OUT!!!!!!

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