September 2, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Singer and entertainer Harry Belafonte is calling on Florida Gov. Rick Scott to listen to protesters who are asking for a special legislative session to examine the state's self-defense laws after the acquittal of George Zimmerman. Scott has refused.
Protesters upset with the verdict have spent nearly two weeks at the Capitol building. Belafonte said Friday that Scott still has a chance to act before the protests intensify and the situation becomes "ungovernable."
Belafonte says he has never been to Tallahassee before. He was part of a large contingent that was chanting and singing in the hallway outside the governor's office.
Law-enforcement reports showed that 86 people spent the night in the Capitol as part of the protest. Protesters say they are prepared to continue their standoff for weeks.
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