PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Tea party activists are rallying outside IRS offices in Rhode Island to protest the federal agency's scrutiny of their groups.
About 20 people stood outside the Internal Revenue Service's downtown Providence office Tuesday afternoon.
Jon Granger says he participated in the protest to stand up to the administration of President Barack Obama, who he says is trying to use the American government to silence dissent.
Similar events were planned in other cities around the country.
IRS officials have acknowledged that the agency inappropriately targeted some conservative groups.