The revolution may or may not be televised, but it will be streamed live online. Operation American Spring is scheduled to kick off Friday in Washington, D.C., and an affiliated group posted a live stream online. However, the feed showed only a call-in show hosted by conservative broadcaster Mark Connors.
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No verified photos or videos had been posted from the event, which organizers claim would draw between 10 million and 30 million people, by 10 a.m. EST. Connors spoke with the organization’s leader, retired Col. Harry Riley, about 9:30 a.m. and asked about rumors that the Federal Emergency Management Administration rounding up participants.
“If FEMA does try to round you up, how will you defend yourself?” Connors asked. “With a piece of paper? With a flag?” Riley said participants would not carry firearms to the event, but he said they were prepared to defend themselves. A caller from North Carolina said he feared Obama would declare martial law and begin executing Christian citizens as a prelude to civil war.
“We learned one thing from the Bundy ranch,” the caller said. “If you are armed, they will not pose a threat to the people protesting. If you are not armed, you are a target — plain and simple.” Another caller from Michigan said he was more concerned about government manipulation of natural resources. “I’m so fed up with the tyranny I sold my jet ski,” the caller said. “I’m so fed up with the way the government is manipulating the water with the chemtrails, I’m afraid I can’t even use my jet ski.” A representative from Operation American Spring has not returned requests for updates about the rally.