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Protesting the national conventions: A visual history
For decades, GOP and Democratic political conventions alike have, perhaps unwillingly, become prominent stages for Americans to practice their First Amendment rights
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ropical storm or no, some 15,000 activists are expected to swarm the Republican National Convention in Tampa this week, followed by another 10,000 protesters in Charlotte, N.C., for the Democratic National Convention. And whether it's Occupy-like complaints about the 1 percent or conservative critiques of abortion, this year's demonstrations are sure to be quite vocal. Here, a look back at past convention protests:

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