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Protests continue at Gov. Scott's office

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Protesters refused to leave the State Capitol Friday, even after meeting with Governor Rick Scott.

Demonstrators say the governor may have listened to their demands, but he didn't commit to any action.

Governor Scott met with the group, known as the Dream Defenders, on Thursday evening. They had been sitting in his office for three days at that point.

The protesters wanted to discuss the state's self-defense laws in the wake of the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.

"We want a special session, we want to discuss the Trayvon Martin Act and we want to present you with an opportunity for a way forward so we don't have a year like we just had," said Phillip Agnew of the Dream Defenders.

During Thursday's meeting, those present talked about the verdict in the Zimmerman trial as well as racial profiling they said they had witnessed.

They asked the Republican governor to show "leadership" by calling a special session.

Scott said he planned to call for a day of unity this Sunday, but he also said that he would not meet their demands.

"I'm not going to call a special session," said Scott. "I do not believe right now Stand Your Ground should be changed. But, I can tell you how I appreciate you."

Scott did say he would be willing to listen to their ideas on how to deal with racial profiling.

The refusal created a somber moment outside of the Governor's Office.

"I think the whole world was watching and I think the whole world was just disappointed," said protester Ahmad Abuznaid, from Miami.

Protesters say they're not going anywhere, and they are calling on supporters across the state to join them at the Capitol.

Florida NAACP President Adora Obi Nweze says the pressure will continue.

"Protest will continue in Tallahassee, the protests will continue across Florida until a special election is called," Nweze said.

The group says they will continue to sit-in the capitol until further notice.

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