Cleveland mayor calls for protests to remain peaceful as rallies continue for 3rd day

Published: Jun. 26, 2022 at 11:58 AM EDT

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb issued a statement Sunday calling for protests to remain peaceful as the city prepares for a third day of demonstrations.

Residents on both sides of the abortion debate have taken to the streets following the United States Supreme Court decision on Friday to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Bibb said Friday he supports the right to choose, something he reaffirmed Sunday in his latest statement:

“The City of Cleveland continues to support our citizens’ First Amendment rights to free speech and peaceful, lawful demonstration. Over the last two days, there have been multiple demonstrations in and around downtown Cleveland, with more scheduled for today.

I understand and feel the anger caused by the overturning of Roe v. Wade. This is a ruthless attack on women and their reproductive rights and an insult to our predecessors who fought so hard to protect these rights.

I ask that you continue to protest peacefully. We cannot let actions of frustration minimize the fight for our freedoms. As mayor, I want to reassure you that I am determined to mobilize every resource and legal mechanism within my power to protect women’s safety, health, and right to choose.

The Cleveland Division of Police has detailed personnel and resources to each of the demonstrations in order to ensure that participants and members of the general public remain safe. At this time, there have been no arrests associated with the activity. Please stay safe.”

A peaceful rally was held at the Free stamp on Lakeside Avenue Sunday morning.

Organizers Alysa Nido & Sara Black did not hold back.

“I’m trying to explain to my 9-year-old daughter what’s going on and she’s confused,” Nido said.

“We think the message that we are sending needs to be the focus & not everything else around it, no violence, no screaming, no police action,” Black said.

More than a hundred protestors were in attendance.

Protestors also gathered around the Cuyahoga County Courthouse late Sunday afternoon.

Cleveland citizens gather around Cuyahoga County Courthouse during third day of protests

Protestors gather around the Cuyahoga County Courthouse after Friday's Supreme Court ruling. https://bit.ly/3NnDU6l

Posted by Cleveland 19 News on Sunday, June 26, 2022

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