A large box of tea bags was dumped from a Lafayette bridge into the Wabash River today as part of a series of tax-day protests being held across the country.
Several hundred people cheered this afternoon as the tea bags were dumped in a symbolic recreation of the Boston Tea Party.
Organizer Donn Brown told the crowd he was ready to pollute, a reference to complaints from environmentalists that the tea-bag protest wouldn’t be good for the river.
Protestors are organizing tea parties in roughly 600 locations in all
50 states to oppose what they view as excessive federal spending,
according to www.taxdayteaparty.com Web site.
Tea party events drew protesters to Indiana events from Evansville to Angola, where police officers kicked marchers off the mound where Steuben County’s Civil War monument is located.
A protest also was planned for later today in downtown Indianapolis. Organizers expect about 8,000 people to protest excessive government spending at the Indiana Statehouse.
The rally in Indianapolis will run from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the south lawn of the Statehouse, said Richard Behney, a licensed plumber who is organizing the local event along with his wife, Laura.