CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - We have made the point in the past that protests in Cleveland, while at times loud, have been largely peaceful. Yes there have been arrests, and
the cases handled in municipal court. But what about outsiders?
Paperwork filed with the City of Cleveland for the days of the convention gives a first hint of what to expect. Five groups have filed so far: RNC Candidate support, a pro Trump group, Organize Ohio, Global Zero, an as-yet-unnamed group, and the Aids Healthcare Foundation.
Conventions draw protesters. It's understandable because it gives them a national stage. Like previous ones in Cleveland they are loud, and as St. Paul
Police found in 2008, they are sometimes loud and violent.
The list is sure to grow, but below is who they are, and when and where they plan to march during the GOP convention.
- The Trump Support March of about 500 will be marching from Willard Park to the Mall, then to The Q every day from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Organize Ohio believes it will draw between 1,000 and 5,000 to march down Euclid Avenue from Public Square on July 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. They'll have one vehicle and a megaphone.
- Global Zero, also known as Race to Zero, hopes to have 200 protesters with a 48-foot inflatable rocket. Locations include Public Square, Perk Park Plaza and The Mall. It's not sure of the date or time.
- The unknown group is aiming for 5,000 people with 104 cars or trucks, 100 horses and four motorcycles. They'll start at Voinovich Park on july 18 and 19 and list 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. as times.
- Finally, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation lists 1,000 people, a bus with a sound system and bullhorns. Their march will be from CSU down Euclid and back on July 18 at times ranging from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Lots of numbers, lots of plans with a startling bottom line: 11,700 people in the street.
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