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Protesters rally outside of Beaufort City Hall

Protesters gather in front of Beaufort City Hall to protest civilian furloughs related to the government shutdown. Protesters gather in front of Beaufort City Hall to protest civilian furloughs related to the government shutdown.
Protesters gather in front of Beaufort City Hall to protest civilian furloughs related to the government shutdown. Protesters gather in front of Beaufort City Hall to protest civilian furloughs related to the government shutdown.
Sue Partridge, president of the American Federation of Government Employees Union. Sue Partridge, president of the American Federation of Government Employees Union.
BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) -

Protesters representing the local chapter of the American Federation of Government Employees Union have gathered in front of Beaufort City Hall to host a rally protesting the civilian furloughs.

Almost all of the civilian employees were sent home Tuesday morning from Parris Island and the Marine Corps Air Station. Of the 442 civilian employees at Parris Island, 291 have been furloughed.

Protesters say they are already living paycheck to paycheck, and because of the furloughs, they don't know what they're going to do.

Sue Partridge, AFGE president, says the government shutdown is devastating to civilian workers.

"A lot of people are still playing catch up in July, August and September, so they've used up their savings. There's nothing left to fall back on because they haven't had a chance to recoup from being sent home prior to this shutdown," says Partridge. "I don't believe it's going to be short, I believe it's going to be weeks."

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