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Tea Party protests in Iowa

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - Freedom of speech is one of the cornerstones of American democracy.

Saturday, many people exercised that right in eastern Iowa and around the country to call for lower taxes.

Hundreds of people voiced their opinion in Cedar Rapids as part of what they called a tea party.

They called for more responsible government spending and lower taxes.

Organizers cite the struggling economy as evidence of the government's poor practices.

They say it's important to keep in mind the goals of America's founding fathers.

"This is a day that's their day. They would not be happy with what this country is moving towards or becoming. This is a country founded on freedom and that's what we're here for," said protest organizer Tim Pugh.

Similar protests were held today in several other Iowa communities including Dubuque, Des Moines, and Davenport.

Online Producer:  Bob Waters

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