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Tea Party Movement Plans Next Wave Of Protests For July 4 (VIDEO)

05/16/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

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Tax day will come and go, but it looks like the tea party movement is going to stick around for a while.

Rebecca Wales, lead organizer of the tax day protests in Washington, D.C., tells the Huffington Post that the tea party movement has only just begun. Additional tea parties are already in the works for Independence Day. (In the famous unpremeditated rant that got this whole movement started, CNBC's Rick Santelli said that he wanted a Chicago Tea Party in July).

"We already have tea parties being planned on July 4th," Wales said. "Somebody asked today [if we are] going to have a Million Person March. I don't know about that."

Despite wretched rainy weather and a lack of cooperation from authorities -- D.C. police yanked a permit for a second event at the Treasury, and the Secret Service temporarily cleared out the park where the event was held -- Wales says authorities told her they counted some 3,000 tea partiers.

"Despite all the problems we've had today, it's been amazing," she said. "My hope is that in 2010 people running for office really know that they have to take issues like limited government -- they have to take fiscal responsibility -- they have to really look at those things."

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