Tea party group rallies in downtown Bellingham to protest IRS

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMay 21, 2013 

IRS protest

About 80 people gathered with signs and American flags in downtown Bellingham for a Whatcom Tea Party protest against the IRS Tuesday, May 21.

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BELLINGHAM - About 80 people gathered with signs and American flags downtown for a Whatcom Tea Party protest against the IRS Tuesday, May 21.

The protest, which took place at noon at the intersection of West Magnolia Street and Cornwall Avenue in front of the Internal Revenue Service office, was in response to recent reports that the IRS had been targeting groups such as the tea party based on their political affiliation.

Several cars honked in support as protesters waved signs that read "End IRS corruption" and "Don't audit me bro!"

Bellingham resident Marlene Browning said she was alarmed by the way the country is going and that she wasn't a supporter of President Barack Obama, especially in light of recent IRS issues.

"It's terribly corrupt to single groups out in such a partisan way," she said. "I think it's tragic."

Reach Zoe Fraley at 360-756-2803 or zoe.fraley@bellinghamherald.com.

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