More than 100 demonstrators took advantage of a talk show host and Rhode Island celebrity's visit to Portsmouth Friday to protest what is being called an "unfair tax."
Demonstrators from Portsmouth, Tiverton, Little Compton and elsewhere braved the rain and stood along the busy East Main Road to protest bridge tolls on the new Sakonnet River Bridge.
The rally was held during Friday's taping of the WPRO's Buddy Cianci Show at Clements' Marketplace in Portsmouth. The taping was held to honor Rhode Island Day, an annual event held to promote products made only in the Ocean State.
However, former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci couldn't ignore the controversial toll issue and spoke with several state and local politicians about the heated topic, including Senator Chris Ottiano, who represents Bristol and Portsmouth.
Outside the store and across the parking lot, demonstrators grabbed their signs (and umbrellas) and shouted along the busy street. Many cars and trucks honked their horns in support.
"I can't afford to come over here to shop with the tolls coming in," said Charlie Chase of Fall River, MA, as he waved a "Don't Tread On Me" flag.
Featured above are photos from the rally, which was expected to continue until 6 p.m. Friday.