Washington (AFP) – Thousands of demonstrators are hoping to make their voices heard next month during the Republican and Democratic party conventions, but they will be kept at bay with the help of a nearly $100 million security budget for the events.
In downtown Cleveland, where Republican delegates are set to gather from July 18 to 21 to nominate Donald Trump as the party’s presidential candidate in November’s general election, some $50 million of federal funds will pay for miles (kilometers) of metal barriers and well-equipped police.
Only delegates, guests and journalists will be allowed inside the holiest of holies, a perimeter around the Quicken Loans Arena to be secured by the Secret Service.
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The city has mapped a vast area of 3.3 square miles (8.5 square kilometers) where protests will be prohibited except in designated places.
Anti-racism activists, environmentalists and many other groups opposed to Trump will gather there to hold rallies and marches.