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August 16, 2013

Dream Defenders end sit-in protest of Florida’s stand your ground law

(CNN) -- A student-led group that has been occupying the Florida governor's office to protest the state's stand your ground law and the George Zimmerman verdict decided to give up the fight Thursday and is leaving the state Capitol.

The Dream Defenders began their occupation of the office of Florida Gov. Rick Scott in mid-July, just days after Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin. They demanded that Scott call a special legislative session to overturn the state's stand your ground law.

Scott met with them a few days later to hear their demands but told them he would not call the special session.

"We feel we've done all we could, said Erika Maye, a spokeswoman for the group. "We asked for the special session. We're not getting it and now we're going to the individual districts to lobby lawmakers and to register voters. We're going to take it to the streets," she said.

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