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Anti-Trump protests fail to ignite in Cleveland

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>> Before Republican Presidential nominee, Donald Trump, finished his convention ending acceptance speech, a dwindling group of protesters known as Stand Together Against Trump or STAT, had abandoned Cleveland's public square.>> It's been a long 10, 11 hours that we've been doing, and a lot of us have been up since about 4 AM, and so we're trying to figure out, can we do it 'till 11?
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>> But this wasn't the only protest during the Republican National Convention to lose steam, says Reuters editor in charge of the Northeast United States, Scott Malone.>> What we're seeing here is really the tail end of four days of protests against Trump and his nomination. Throughout the week protests have by and large been substantial smaller than many expected.
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Certainly we have the justice system we setup to process up to 1,000 arrest today. Over the course of the four days we had 23, and many of the activists that I spoke to said they were actually somewhat disappointed by the turn out that they got.>> 61 year old Barb Shelby came from Sunbury, Ohio to join STAT protestors on Cleveland's Hope Memorial bridge, turn out for which was less than expected.
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>> I was a little, maybe disappointed. It's hard to be effective when you don't have the eyes of the people that you're trying to make an impression on.>> There are varying reasons for why many of the anti Trump protests this week failed to catch fire, some said that people were afraid to come, police killings still top of mind.
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An exceptionally heavy police presence also likely deterring bigger protests. But Malone says the underwhelming protest may have come down to a lack of unification on the part of demonstrators.>> One key difference between what we're seeing here and what we've seen in cities including Ferguson, Baltimore, New York and even here in Cleveland after controversial police killings of black men.
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Is that in those cases you had and how the people who were unified in angry about one issue. Here in Cleveland, you've had varying in groups of protestors with very disperate agendas that have come to town. You have people focused on immigration, you have anarchists and people who are opposed to capitalism as a system and all of that has led to less of a gelling.
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>> This week the Democratic National Convention Action Committee announced that it's suspecting more than 30 demonstrations in Philadelphia next week.