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New Yorkers Protest Big Soda Ban

NEW YORK (AP) – A rally was held in New York City protesting Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed crackdown on super-sized drinks.

Monday’s small protest in City Hall Park — dubbed the “Million Big Gulp March” — was organized by the group NYC Liberty HQ. Participants included business owners, local politicians and others against the proposed ban.

Bloomberg wants to bar restaurants, movie theaters, sports arenas, food carts and delis from selling sodas and other sugary drinks in servings larger than 16 ounces. He says it is a way to fight obesity in a city that spends billions of dollars a year on weight-related health problems.

Opponents say the city is overstepping its authority and infringing on personal freedom.



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