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Group Marches through Cedar Rapids to "Restore the Fourth"
CEDAR RAPIS (CBS 2/ FOX 28)-- It's pretty normal to see large groups of people out on the fourth of July, but the dozens of folks who gathered Thursday at Cleveland Park weren't waving any American flags.
Instead they marched through the city with protest signs to escape what they call big brother's watchful eye.
"We don't want our own government spying on us," said protestor David Ward.
By foot and by bike, dozens of protestors are trying to "restore the fourth"--a play on words for a growing national movement to protect the fourth amendment.
"They can look at your email your text messages, your video conferences without a warrant or without court approval," said organizer Johnathan Trueblood.
Nationwide, more than 100 cities are marching in response to recent controversy over programs the government uses to collect data on Americans and others countries.
"It's a good day to both be celebrating our liberties and freedom as a country but also a day to call to arms for people to protect their liberties and their rights as American citizens," Trueblood said.
Not only do protestors want to have their voices heard throughout the city but also the state.
They're mailing letters to state lawmakers hoping that with enough signatures, they may one day reach the White House.