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      Protesters come out in big numbers for "tea" parties

      On April 15th, tax deadline day, protesters around the country rallied against taxes and government spending.

      Several anti-tax events took place on the Grand Strand and in the Pee Dee.

      There was enthusiasm, anger, fiery speeches and lots of banners and flags as hundreds of protesters stated their case about lower taxes and smaller government.

      It had the feel of a revolution, but with a strong undercurrent of patriotism and plenty of righteous anger.

      Hundreds gathered at Chapin Park, to rally in support of a couple of basic ideas - lower taxes, less government spending.

      "I hope that the politicians just look at it and say, we got to be a little more careful where we're putting our money," said Bill Bear of Myrtle Beach.

      Tea bags were the symbol of the day, as protesters made a historical connection to the Boston Tea Party in 1773.

      Back then, the cause was taxation without representation. This time, it was high taxes.

      The protesters hope Wednesday's rally and others like it, will be the spark that ignites people around the country.

      "I'm opposed to the taxes, they're wasting the money," said protester Jack Welch.

      Welch and his family are from Akron, Ohio, vacationing this week in Myrtle Beach.

      "We heard about this, and we decided that when we're down here that we wanted to be here," Welch said.

      Others, like Joy Drummond from New York, were also visiting from out of town, and decided they couldn't pass up the opportunity to make a political point.

      "We want our country back!" Drummond shouted during the rally.

      Will all the cheering, banner waving and horn honking do any good?

      Welch is convinced it will.

      "I think the American people are going to be heard."

      One speaker said there's a quiet storm on the horizon all over the country and people are demanding a change in Washington.

      Organizers said tea bag protests took place in more than 800 cities across the country.