The Latest: Thousands of Sanders supporters take to streets


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on demonstrations around Philadelphia ahead of the Democratic National Convention (all times local):

4:05 p.m.

Thousands of Bernie Sanders supporters are marching down a main thoroughfare in Philadelphia to show their support of him and disdain of Hillary Clinton ahead of the Democratic National Convention.

Chanting “Hell No, DNC, we won’t vote for Hillary” and “This is what democracy looks like,” the marchers headed from City Hall down Broad Street. Broad is the main north-south artery that leads from downtown to the convention site at the Wells Fargo Center about 4 miles away.

Many carried Sanders signs, and a huge Bernie Sanders puppet was also a part of the march.

Sweltering heat hasn’t kept protesters away from the streets Sunday. The city is under an excessive heat warning and temperatures were in the high 90s.

The four-day convention for Democrats to nominate Clinton for president begins Monday.

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3:10 p.m.

The sweltering heat isn’t keeping protesters away from demonstrations in downtown Philadelphia.

The first major marches of the convention started at City Hall on Sunday and thousands of people turned out. A march for clean energy jammed a major thoroughfare from Philadelphia’s City Hall to Independence Mall, near the Liberty Bell, with protesters holding anti-fracking and anti-pipelines signs.

It took about 2 ½ hours for all the marchers to make the mile-long trek.

Bernie Sanders’ supporters are rallying near City Hall ahead of their march to a park near the convention site. A Black Men for Bernie bus, decorated with huge images of Sanders is serving as a stage and rallying point. A red, white and blue coffin with the letters “DNC” on it will be part of the march.

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1:45 p.m.

Philadelphia’s police commissioner says he’ll be at protests during the Democratic National Convention, helping keep the peace and showing support.

Commissioner Richard Ross says “you have to be out there” to show officers, protesters and the public you’re with them.

Cleveland’s police chief took a similar stance during demonstrations at last week’s Republican National Convention.

Ross says his department has taken additional safety measures in light of violent events around the world, but overall plans haven’t changed.

He says there’s been no credible threats and no arrests or citations have been issued to protesters.

Mayor Jim Kenney says the goal is not to arrest anyone. However, Ross says there are plans in place in the case of mass arrests.

The four-day convention for Democrats to nominate Hillary Clinton for president begins Monday.

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1:05 p.m.

Philadelphia’s mayor says he’s not sure if the heat wave baking Philadelphia will lead to smaller crowds at marches and rallies before the Democratic National Convention, but he’s urging people to limit time outdoors.

At a news conference Sunday, Mayor Jim Kenney said demonstrations will be on hold during any thunderstorms for the safety of protesters.

Two medic tents, two misting tents and water will be available 24 hours a day to protesters in FDR Park, near the convention site. He strongly discourages people from camping in parks, which is against a city edict.

Several marches and rallies were hitting the streets Sunday, including a march for clean energy and one supporting Bernie Sanders. Thousands are expected at each.

The four-day convention for Democrats to nominate Hillary Clinton for president begins Monday.

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9:45 a.m.

Police officers are posted at street corners in downtown Philadelphia as protesters prepare for a sweltering day of marches and rallies ahead of the Democratic National Convention.

Several Sunday demonstrations are planned, including an anti-fracking march from City Hall to Independence Mall, near the Liberty Bell. Bernie Sanders supporters expect about 3,000 protesters will join them in a march from City Hall to a park near the convention site.

Temperatures are expected to reach the upper 90s; crowds can take advantage of “misting tents” and free water, compliments of the city.

The first march Sunday had the perennial problem in Philadelphia: parking. DC to DNC organizer Ed Higgins says organizing the crowd also delayed the march.

The four-day convention for Democrats to nominate Hillary Clinton for president begins Monday.

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