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St. Petersburg protesters rally against President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey

Geanne Marks, 72, St. Petersburg, joins the protest against President Donald Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey. The protest took place outside the downtown St. Petersburg courthouse Wednesday. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]

Geanne Marks, 72, St. Petersburg, joins the protest against President Donald Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey. The protest took place outside the downtown St. Petersburg courthouse Wednesday. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]

ST. PETERSBURG — About 100 people took to the streets Wednesday outside the St. Petersburg Judicial Building to protest President Donald Trump's firing of FBI director James Comey.

The protesters lined the sidewalk and grass outside the courthouse. They stood along First Avenue N between Fifth and Sixth Streets and waved colorful signs calling Trump's ties to Russia into question.

"Enough is enough," they chanted, "investigate Trump."

The protest began at noon and grew steadily for the next half hour, peaking at about 110 people. It was organized by a group that calls itself FACT: Floridians Against Corruption and Treason. The group said it wants Congress to launch an independent investigation into Russia's interference in the election and the Trump campaign's collusion.

"I think it's important that any time we disagree with something that's happening in Washington, D.C., to speak out, especially something of this magnitude," said Amy Weintraub, 48, of St. Petersburg. "We cannot afford to wait this election cycle"

The event's Facebook page called the sudden firing of Comey "another blow to truth, justice, and democracy."

Trump said he fired Comey because of his handling of the election-year investigation into Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. Comey was leading the investigation to determine whether there was any coordination between associates of Trump and Russian officials to affect the 2016 presidential election.

White House officials denied there was any political motive in Trump's decision.

St. Petersburg protesters rally against President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey 05/10/17 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 8:57pm]
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