Police make arrests as clash erupt outside Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland, Ohio

July 21, 2016 5:43 am

Protesters struggle with police
after trying to burn an American flag near the sight of the Republican
National Convention (RNC) in downtown on the third day of the
convention on July 20, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (photos by AFP)

police forces have
arrested at least 17 people in a protest that erupted outside the
Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland, Ohio.

The protesters burned the American flag as the convention continued at Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday.
Police
used pepper spray to disperse the demonstrators chanting slogans
against the Republican nominee for the 2016 presidential election,
.

Those detained were still screaming while being searched and handcuffed by cops.
According to Cleveland Police, two cops were also injured in the course of the skirmishes.
Cops
riding horses and bicycles attacked the crowed after they failed to
convince them to disperse while firefighters extinguished and
confiscated the flag.
Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said some of the protesters’ pants caught on fire.

“Whatever
they tried to do with the flag, as we were trying to extinguish it and
they were trying to keep it away, their pants leg caught on fire,” said
Williams, who was present at the site of the clashes. “The charge was
assault on an officer because the officer tried to put it out when he
saw it getting burned, and there were also counterdemonstrators who were
trying to take it away.”
Earlier protests near Quicken Loans Arena were reportedly more peaceful.
“There
are people that their only reason for being here is disruption,
disorder, chaos, hurting people and damaging property,” Williams said.
“Those are the only people at this point that are giving us any kind of
trouble at all.”

On
the second day of the convention on Tuesday, the New York billionaire
businessman was announced as GOP’s nominee for the 2016 vote.
The
real estate tycoon will now have to face his Democratic rival, Hillary
Clinton, to win the white House in a national vote in November.
Being
branded as divisive, Trump has on several occasions offended Muslims,
Hispanics, African Americans, and women, among whom he is said to be
quite unpopular.

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