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Government employees protest sequester cuts

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Two dozen government employees rally against the latest round of budget cuts in Downtown Memphis March 20, 2013 (Darcy Thomas / FOX13) Two dozen government employees rally against the latest round of budget cuts in Downtown Memphis March 20, 2013 (Darcy Thomas / FOX13)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

About two dozen government workers converged on Memphis City Hall on Wednesday to protest across the board budget cuts as a result of the recent sequester.

They joined thousands of other government employees across the country who are frustrated over the federal governments decision to furlough hundreds of workers.

A handful of government employees who rallied downtown are employed at Mid-South prisons. They said a reduction in staff would mean the lives of several guards are at stake.

"we need to let the public know that we're not laying down on the job," Alphonso Brownlee said. "We had that inmate escape from Millington. We weren't laying down, we didn't have enough people to be able to watch."

The rally took place outside of downtown federal buildings and offices of lawmakers in hopes of highlighting the effects of sequestration on this country.

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FOX13 News reporter Darcy Thomas contributed to this report.

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