Man at RNC protest camp arrested for battery

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A demonstrator prepares to leave his tent, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. Protestors gathered in a camp called "Romneyville," in Tampa to march in demonstration against the Republican National Convention. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A man staying at a makeshift protest camp near the Republican National Convention has been arrested and charged with armed battery on a fellow camper.

Tampa Police say 24-year-old Dante M. Sea was charged with aggravated battery Tuesday after he hit 60-year-old Eddie Thomas and broke Thomas' jaw.

Police say Thomas was staying in a shed in back of a military surplus store and Sea was sleeping in a tent on the same property, where protesters have set up a makeshift camp they call "Romneyville."

Police say Sea took a piece of cardboard from Thomas' shed and that prompted the fight.

It was not immediately clear if Sea had an attorney.

Earlier Tuesday, police broke up a scuffle between anti-GOP protesters and Kansas-based church members who often picket soldiers' funerals.

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