Hundreds of US protesters in Cleveland ahead of Republican National Convention

July 18, 2016 12:30 pm

Protesters on Sunday in downtown
Cleveland near Quicken Loans Arena, the site of the Republican National
Convention, which begins Monday. (CBS photo)

Hundreds of protesters
have marched in Cleveland, Ohio ahead of the Republican National
Convention, which will officially nominate a Republican candidate in the
upcoming US presidential election.

About 200
demonstrators marched in downtown Cleveland on Sunday, carrying placards
and chanted slogans against police brutality and racial profiling
The
protesters were shouting, “No justice, no peace, no racist police!” as
they neared the site of the Republican convention, which begins Monday
and ends Thursday.
The demonstrators also denounced presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump for his views about immigration and Muslims.
Some
protesters said police used excessive force against them, and there
were reports of demonstrators being arrested. “They pushed us against
the wall and said, ‘We are going to search your bags,’” said Cloud
Kallisti, 43, of Akron, Ohio.
About 100 protesters gathered at a
park in eastern Cleveland and marched slowly toward the site of the
convention. The demonstrators carried signs reading: “Shut Down Trump,”
“Jail Racist Cops,” “Black Lives Matter” and “Jews Against Trump:
#WeveSeenThisBefore.”
The vast majority of Americans say they
feel afraid if either Trump or Hillary Clinton is elected to the White
House, a new poll shows.
The coalition of protesters was broad,
including some from Black Lives Matter movement, a pro-Palestine group
and Code Pink, a peace and social justice movement working to end
US-funded wars and occupations.
Despite the relative calm on
Sunday, the police are expecting the protests to intensify this week
when the Republican National Convention begins.
Cleveland is
bringing in about 2,500 police officers from as far away as California,
Texas and Florida to boost its normal force of approximately 500.
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