Hundreds protest taxation in Hattiesburg and Laurel

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hundreds of people appeared in Hattiesburg and Laurel Wednesday to take part in protests.

The protestors chose April 15 - tax day - to voice concerns over what they believe is wasteful government spending in the wake of the Bush and Obama stimulus packages and the recent federal bailouts.

Hundreds turned out a Town Square Park in Hattiesburg  to express their frustration with government, part of thousands of similar protests organized though the Internet and cable news programs.

Protestors carried signs and tea bags, which were meant to associate the protests to the Boston Tea Party, a protest in 1773 over the Tea Act. Colonists at the time objected to The Tea Act because it violated their constitutional right to only be taxed by elected representatives.

Wednesday's protestors said these modern protests were about disagreements over the ways their elected representatives were choosing to spend tax revenue.

State Sen. Joey Fillingane, R-Sumrall, served as guest speaker at the Hattiesburg event.

In Laurel, Senator Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, spoke as hundreds of citizens gathered at the Jones County Courthouse.

Over two hundred people also attended a protest in Wayne County.