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Tea party protests pick up counter protests—and confusion
A New Mexico seniors’ association is holding a rally in support of taxation tomorrow–across from the offices of the Internal Revenue Service. The New Mexico Alliance for Retired Americans is holding the rally to counter a tea party protest that organizers say has been advertised for months. Those are the same fliers that Albuquerque Tea Party organizers say have nothing to do with their protest—scheduled for tomorrow on Menaul.
The fliers announcing the tea party protest at IRS headquarters are yellow, bold, and have “been up all over the Northeast Heights for over a month,” Terry Schleder, spokesperson for the seniors group, told The Independent.
“Our seniors will be there because they have historical perspective, on the importance of strong government,” Schleder said.
“Real Patriots Pay Their Fair Share of Taxes… Save our Social Security, Medicare, public schools, jobs, parks, libraries, firefighters, workers, streets, sidewalks,” the group said in a statement announcing the counter rally.
In light of a report in the Albuquerque Journal today, in which Albuquerque Tea Party representatives say their tax day rally is elsewhere, Schleder said the senior’s group would still go to the IRS building at 4 p.m., but would likely then continue on to the other anti-tax rally of the Tea Party. But, he said, it’s “farcical” that the Tea Party would try to distance themselves from the IRS rally advertised in the fliers.
“The Albuquerque tea party is trying to distance themselves from the people who called this IRS rally, but I think that’s complete horse hockey,” he said. ”The tea partiers speak for people who’d rather not have government sidewalks, public libraries, or public schools. So I think its pretty farcical that they’re distancing themselves.”
In the Albuquerque Journal article, organizers of the Tea Party rally say the IRS protest isn’t there’s and that they don’t have anything against the IRS. They warn against “fake signs,” calling them ”erroneous” and “bogus.” One of the organizers said the signs began appearing after a man crashed his plane into an IRS office building in Texas, which occurred in February:
The signs started appearing a few days after a man crashed his plane into the IRS building in Austin, Texas, said Tina Carson, one of the organizers of the Albuquerque Tea Party.
“We don’t know who they are, but we know they are anti-tea party,” Carson said Tuesday. “We have nothing against the IRS, and we won’t be at the IRS building.”