Tempers flared on social media Saturday as hungry Dream Defenders in Tallahassee complained about officials blocking after-hours food deliveries to Florida's Capitol, where roughly 100 protesters are staging a sit-in.
Protesters are calling for a special session to repeal stand-your-ground laws in the wake of the controversial not-guilty verdict in George Zimmerman's murder trial in Sanford on July 13.
They remained peaceful, but posts on Twitter and Facebook show that the Dream Defenders' supporters were enraged by the discomfort.
But Gretl Plessinger, spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, said the denial of the food delivery was not an attempt to "starve the Dream Defenders out," as numerous social-media posts suggest.
"Our rules haven't changed since the beginning of the protest," Plessinger said.
She added that when FDLE agreed to allow the group to protest after hours, those who are already inside would be permitted to stay but no one would be allowed to enter after 5 p.m. Friday — not even to deliver food.
"These rules were also in effect last weekend and there wasn't an issue," Plessinger said.
The Dream Defenders, made up mostly of minority college students, have been outside Gov. Rick Scott's office since July 16, three days after the not-guilty verdict was handed down in Zimmerman's trial.
Zimmerman is the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who claimed self-defense after fatally shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last year in Sanford.
The protesters have demanded that Scott call a special legislative session to discuss "Trayvon's Law."
That law would repeal Florida's "stand your ground" law, address racial profiling and call for an end to zero-tolerance rules in public schools that funnel students into the juvenile justice system.
Scott has denied the special session but the protesters plan to stay inside the Capitol until that changes.
One protester had to removed from the Capitol Friday night after suffering a medical emergency believed to be related to asthma.
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