US police clash with Bernie Sanders supporters at Democratic National Convention (DNC)

July 26, 2016 6:00 pm

Police officers patrol in FDR
park where protesters gathered after marching through downtown on the
first day of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on July 25, 2016
in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (AFP photo)

police have clashed with
supporters of former presidential candidate at the
Democratic National Convention (DNC) amid continued protests regarding
the Democratic Party’s bias against Sanders.

The
protesters gathered on Monday outside the Wells Fargo Center in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the venue of the 2016 DNC, to demonstrate
their anger at presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary
Clinton.
The protesters were chanting, “Nominate Sanders or lose
in November!” and “Hey, hey, ho, ho, the DNC has got to go!” They
carried signs reading, “Never Hillary”, ”Just Go to Jail Hillary” and
“You Lost Me at Hillary.”
At least 55 protesters were arrested as
they chanted against super delegates and the role of money in the
campaign. On Sunday, activists held a similar rally outside the
convention hall.
As tensions mounted outside the convention,
police moved barricades into place and closed the nearest metro station
to arriving trains.
The anger reflected the widening rift inside the Democratic Party between Sanders’ supporters and Clinton’s.

Bernie
Sanders supporters gather at City Hall in preparation to march through
downtown on the first day of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on
July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (AFP photo)Addressing
the convention Monday night, Sanders called on his supporters to vote
for Clinton, generating a chorus of boos and chants of, “Bernie!
Bernie!”
With Sanders out of the race, some of the demonstrators
were backing Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson or Green Party
candidate Jill Stein.
On Friday, WikiLeaks released about 20,000
emails from the DNC that show top Democrats writing off Sanders’s
chances during the primary elections.
The organization, which publishes secret information and classified media, did not identify the source.
However,
Clinton’s campaign accused Russian hackers, saying the publication of
the stolen emails is aimed at helping Republican presidential nominee
Donald Trump.
Trump has overtaken Clinton by 5 points in a four-way race for the White House, a new CNN/ORC Poll has found.
In the same poll taken before the Republican National Convention last week, Clinton had a 7-point lead, 49 to 42 percent.

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