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Demonstrators gather at statewide 'tea parties'

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Hundreds of Utahns exercised their right to protest this Independence Day at tea party rallies across the state.

Demonstrators gathered at Patriot Day Tea Parties in Orem, Layton, Logan, Ogden, Provo, St. George and Salt Lake City.

Protester Ross Carter said, "We're not pros at this. It's our first time, but it's not our last."

Participants advocated for smaller government and a return to what they say are traditional constitutional values. "The more I study the founding fathers, the more off-base I see we are and that scares me," said Carter.

Demonstrators gather at statewide 'tea parties'

Protester Doug Strigham said, "I want to get back to personal liberties, smaller government and making decisions on our own."

Demonstrators said these events are a perfect way to honor the founding fathers and the Constitution.

There were over 1,000 tea parties nationwide Saturday.

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