Tea Party groups across the United States staged rallies this past week to coincide with tax day, and some liberal Americans have done their best to disrupt these peaceful gatherings.
For example, a contingent of anti-Tea Party protesters brought large signs to the April 15 rally in the Boston Common, an event that featured former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty. According to The Daily Free Press, Boston University's student newspaper, the group stood in front of the Parkman Bandstand and attempted to block the crowd from seeing the speakers by holding up their signs.
In Worcester, Mass., a troupe of black-clad counter-protesters attempted to infiltrate a peaceful tax day rally, but police officers interceded and removed the trespassers. The Worcester Tea Party had a permit to use the square, which seemed to infuriate left-wing residents, the Worcester Telegram reported. They held banners that criticized capitalism and condemned conservatives.
Although there were no arrests or injuries, the two sides traded barbs throughout the day.
"You're a Nazi," one of the counter-protesters yelled to the Tea Party group, quoted by the news source.
On April 16, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart spoke at a tax day rally in Wisconsin. Despite the fact that many Tea Party supporters brought their young children to the event, several counter-protesters yelled obscenities and flipped off the speakers, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.