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Tea party protesters make voices heard in Iowa City

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IOWA CITY (KWWL)--  There's two things you can be certain of on April 15th.

Federal taxes are due, and protesters will be out in full force.

It may not have been an extremely large gathering in Iowa City, but it's a movement that looks to continue to build momentum.

"People are starting to understand that we have to take action, not just walk up and down a bridge and wave a flag," one of the Johnson County Tea Party organizers, Don Racheter said.

More than 100 people turned out on the downtown Iowa City pedestrian mall on Thursday to voice their displeasure with the federal government.

"I'm going to do everything I possibly can to get the things changed, especially the reckless spending that's going on in Washington D.C," Iowa City resident Brian Gay said.

But this year's tea party protesters had even more ammo in their arsenal than last year.

On the heels of the President's controversial healthcare overhaul, many in this group are becoming even more agitated.

"People are fed up with big government, they're fed up with high taxes, they're fed up with our erosions of liberties, the new healthcare plan has all kinds of taxes and mandates, and people just feel enough is enough," Racheter said.

On the other side, a small group was on hand to combat protester efforts and to show their support for the current administration.

"I think Obama's doing a great job because he had a big quagmire and you can't expect everything to be done in a minute," Carol Bradley of Iowa City said.

Tea parties took place across the country on Thursday.

Online Reporter:  Jason Epner

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