Downtown Cincinnati, home of some of the conservative groups targeted by the IRS, saw one of the nation's largest protests today. It began in Fountain Square, two blocks away from the federal complex that houses a large IRS office.
Several Gadsden flags were flying proudly as I approached the Square.
Facing a busy Fifth Street, protesters waved signs at cars.
One man covered his face with a bandanna; the mark of a citizen afraid of his own government.
Facing Fifth Street
All of the news networks seemed to be there.
The march to the IRS office begins.
My guess at the crowd size was between 500 and 1,000.
The crowd stretched for several blocks as the march unfolded.
The crowd approaches the federal building.
Very little sidewalk space kept the crowd somewhat dispersed.
The view from near the front.
The crowd filters across the street.
Facing the IRS offices.
Looking north as the crowd spills onto the street.
A DHS "Federal Police" vehicle was parked in front.
No one pooped on the vehicle, unlike the Occupy rallies.
Some of the crowd never appeared to make it across the street to the federal building for lack of space.
This sign incensed the crowd. It was slapped up onto the window by an IRS employee.
"Oh, my - that was easy."
I slid between a bunch of people to get to the building entrance.
I noticed the Skywalk bridge to the federal building and decided to make my way up.
This is the view from the federal building's skywalk.
"We should get their I.D.s."
I don't think he was kidding.