The Latest: Groups oppose GOP convention protest area

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on the designated a route for protest marches during the Republican National Convention (all times local):

5:30 p.m.

Organizers for two groups on opposite ends of the political spectrum are unhappy with a protest route designated for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, arguing it restricts their free-speech rights and creates the possibility of clashes.

One group is a coalition of left-leaning organizations planning to protest social and economic inequality. The other is an amalgam of groups hoping to celebrate the nomination of Donald Trump as the GOP candidate for president. Organizers of both events expect to draw thousands of people from across the country.

The groups say the city-designated route announced Wednesday is far from where they had hoped to hold rallies and marches.

Police Chief Calvin Williams says police will try to accommodate those wanting to protest outside the designated area.


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Cleveland has designated a route for protest marches during the Republican National Convention while leaving open the possibility that marches would be allowed outside the event zone surrounding the arena where it’s being held.

The announcement Wednesday comes after a civil rights organization warned it would sue if officials didn’t decide by June 1 whether to grant parade permit applications for two groups planning large rallies July 18, the first day of the four-day convention.

One group plans to protest economic inequality while the other wants to celebrate presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.

The police chief says Cleveland will try to accommodate protesters outside the event zone surrounding Quicken Loans Arena like it has accommodated protesters the previous 18 months.

The route for protest marches is about 1½ miles long.

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