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Harry Belafonte Joins Florida Capitol Protesters

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US entertainer and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte poses in Washington, DC, on October 11, 2011, next to a poster of  "Sing Your Song," the HBO documentary film about the life and career of Belafonte. AFP Photo/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

US entertainer and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte poses in Washington, DC, on October 11, 2011, next to a poster of “Sing Your Song,” the HBO documentary film about the life and career of Belafonte. AFP Photo/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) – Harry Belafonte, sometimes referred to as the “King of Calypso,” has joined the protesters who have not—and say they will not—leave Florida’s Capitol until Governor Scott calls a special session to review the state’s self-defense laws.

The protesters have set up camp in the hallway near Governor Rick Scott’s office in the Capitol shortly after the not guilty verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman, the man acquitted of manslaughter and second-degree murder charges in the shooting death of unarmed Miami Gardens teen Trayvon Martin.

Belafonte, a famed singer with popular hits like “Jump in the Line,” said Friday that Scott still has a chance to act before the protests intensify and the situation becomes “ungovernable.”

Belafonte, who has never visited Tallahassee before, was part of a large contingent that was chanting and singing in the hallway outside the governor’s office.

Law-enforcement reports showed that 86 people spent the night in the Capitol as part of the protest. Protesters say they are prepared to continue their standoff for weeks.

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