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10:24 PM, Jul 4, 2013   |    comments
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(WBIR - Knoxville) Dozens of people gathered in Downtown Knoxville to "Fight for the 4th" on Thursday.

They're talking about the Fourth Amendment, which protects people against unreasonable searches and seizures.

About 40 protesters demonstrated on Market Square Thursday morning. They say our Fourth Amendment rights have been secretly threatened by the government.

The rally is in response to the leak of National Security Agency programs that monitor Americans' phone calls and internet use.

One protester, a high school student, says she hopes the rally will inspire fellow youth to learn more about what is going on in our country.

"I wish people would just get out on their own and research and kind of form their own opinions and pretty much just get their own belief on and try to find out what the truth is," said Savannah Hebert.

Rally organizers also planned an online showing of support for the Fourth Amendment. They asked those who couldn't attend the event to tweet, text or Facebook the message "I wish my privacy back".

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