Harry Belafonte joins with Florida Capitol protesters

Harry Belafonte joins with Florida Capitol protesters

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 30: Parade grand marshal Harry Belafonte attends The March during NYC Pride 2013 on June 30, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

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Posted on July 26, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 26 at 5:13 PM

TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- Singer and entertainer Harry Belafonte is calling on Florida Gov. Rick Scott to listen to protesters who are asking for a special legislative session to examine the state's self-defense laws after the acquittal of George Zimmerman. Scott has refused.

Protesters upset with the verdict have spent nearly two weeks at the Capitol building. Belafonte said Friday that Scott still has a chance to act before the protests intensify and the situation becomes "ungovernable."

Belafonte says he has never been to Tallahassee before. He was part of a large contingent that was chanting and singing in the hallway outside the governor's office.

Law-enforcement reports showed that 86 people spent the night in the Capitol as part of the protest. Protesters say they are prepared to continue their standoff for weeks.

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