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March 01, 2017

Protesters continue to demand town hall meeting outside Sen. Toomey's new office

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Carroll - Protest at Office of Pat Toomey Thom Carroll/PhillyVoice

Protesters gathered outside the office of Sen. Pat Toomey, (R-Pa) at 8 Penn Center in Center City, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017.

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey may have a new office in Philadelphia, but the view outside on the street has to look familiar.

Wednesday marked the first day that the Republican senator's staff worked out of the U.S. Custom House at 200 Chestnut Street in Old City. The lease for Toomey's old office at 1628 John F. Kennedy Boulevard in Center City expired.

Over the past few months, Toomey's previous Philly headquarters had attracted a steady stream of demonstrators calling for him to hold a town hall-style meeting to discuss various political topics with his Pennsylvania constituents. Toomey has yet to acquiesce to the demand but did conduct a telephone town hall that was announced 90 minutes before it started earlier this month.

The most notable group has called itself "Tuesdays With Toomey." As the name suggests, group members regularly attempt to meet with the senator on Tuesday to have their voices heard. Just weeks after the November election, the group comprised of just 11 women. This week, hundreds of people gathered to witness 11 of their fellow protesters get arrested for entering his office and refusing to leave when asked.

Although it wasn't Tuesday, the group organized a special demonstration for the official first day of Toomey's new office. Called an "office warming party," the event urged concerned citizens to bring protest signs.

However, Toomey wasn't there as he was holding meetings in Washington D.C.

Here are some scenes from the protest: