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Clashes erupt near RNC in Cleveland

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>> 17 people were arrested after trying to set an American flag on fire at the crowded entrance to the Republican National Convention. I'm Scott Malone in Cleveland. This incident occurred about 4 o'clock in the afternoon when a group of self-described revolutionary communists entered in the area right be the entrance to the secure convention zone.
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At the time there was a very large crowd in the area, as there tends to be all day. And among this crowd was a very loud, a more right-wing group, a more extremist Christian group, who were shouting various things. That group got into a bit of a confrontation with the Revolutionary group who intended to burn the flag.
00:00:41
And when members of the Revolutionary group started to set the flag on fire, Cleveland police moved in quite quickly along with fire officials. While the act of burning the flag is protected by the US Constitution, Freedom of Speech. The concern, police say, was that in a crowded space, the fire could have both incited violence and also posed a danger in and of itself.
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And this resulted in a scuffle in which two police officers were injured in a minor way. Two of the protestors were charged with felonious assault of an officer for the scuffle. Another 15 were charged with incitement of violence, basically starting a confrontation in a busy, crowded public space.
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That said, this is really by far the most arrests we've seen at the protests. Previously there had been a total of five people taken into custody, in three separate instances.>> This is like a free for all.