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Boston Tea Party Re-enacted

December 16, 1991

BOSTON (AP) _ Shouting ″No new taxes,″ costumed neo-patriots threw fake tea leaves into Boston Harbor on Sunday to commemorate the 218th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party.

Dozens in 18th century clothing, accompanied by a fife and drum corps, marched to the Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum, where they broke open boxes and tossed the contents into the water.

About 400 spectators wrapped against the cold clapped and cheered.

On Dec. 16, 1773, revolutionary Samuel Adams urged disgruntled colonists to toss 50 tons of tea off British ships after King George III levied a tariff of three pennies per pound.

″It’s awesome what they’re doing,″ said Ann Bolino of Winthrop. ″I wish every city would have a re-enactment of what happened in the past because this is our history.″

Some said the rebellion carried a message for today.

″Too bad they wouldn’t listen to it more in Washington,″ said Chet Dunn of Billerica, dressed as a Minutemen.

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