Police quickly break up scuffles during Cleveland’s RNC

A scuffle broke out when conspiracy theorist and radio show host Alex Jones started speaking in Public Square

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) – Protesters have spilled into the streets in downtown Cleveland after a few brief skirmishes broke out just blocks from Republican National Convention.

Some of the protesters appeared to be marching toward the arena where the convention is being held, while others split off in different directions.

Earlier Tuesday, police surrounded downtown’s Public Square to keep protesters away from each other. A scuffle broke out when conspiracy theorist and radio show host Alex Jones started speaking there. Police with bicycles pushed back a surging crowd and Jones was quickly whisked away.

Minutes later, more officers on bicycles formed a line between the Westboro Baptist Church and a group supporting the Communist Party.

Cleveland’s police chief told officers to stop anyone from entering the area, but officers now are allowing people to come and go.

The police presence has ramped up considerably since the scuffles began.

 

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