A growing concern in Cleveland: Chaos off the convention floor

“We’re going to march with or without permits, it’s our right to do so,” warned Tom Burke, an organizer of “Coalition to Stop Trump and March on the RNC.” His group arranged similar protests at the GOP conventions in 2004 and 2008…

Groups seeking to erect signs, art or inflatables can only do so in two parks closer to city hall, officials said. In Public Square, a downtown park undergoing major renovations, anyone can sign up to appear on a stage — but the city is managing the sign-up sheet and microphone system. Each speaker is limited to 30 minutes.

Protesters immediately dismissed the new rules as “extreme limitations” that are “vague and unacceptable.”

“Confining demonstrators to a short route area for a limited time period in the morning and early afternoon flies in the face of the 1st Amendment’s right to free speech and the right to assemble,” Bresler and the heads of other organizations seeking permits said in a joint statement posted on Facebook.