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DNC Bracing for Protests in Philadelphia

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A Code Pink demonstrator is removed from the hall on day two of the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on July 19, 2016. (Sipa via AP Images)

By    |   Thursday, 21 Jul 2016 11:49 AM

Democrats might see more protesters at their convention than Republicans have seen at theirs says Code Pink founder Medea Benjamin, according to Politico.

An ex-Bernie Sanders supporter who now backs the Green Party's Jill Stein for president, Benjamin is an outspoken critic of presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Benjamin particularly dislikes Clinton's approach to foreign policy, calling her "somebody who has been pushing the military solution for a lot of the problems, especially in the Middle East, instead of pushing much more for diplomatic solutions," in an interview with Politico.

A Code Pink protester made headlines at the Republican National Convention after sneaking into the arena with a signs that read: "Yes we can end war!" Another was seen with a sign that said: "Refugees welcome."

"She went… in to just disrupt the RNC and let people know that we can end this war. End this war is her message," Code Pink coordinator Toni Rozsahegyi told Politico. "And the war is not only in the foreign war, but also the war on immigrants and Muslims."

Cheri Honkala of the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign plans on building a shantytown in FDR park called "Clintonville."

"'Why are you protesting the Democrats? They're our only hope against Trump!'" Suzy Subways, editor of Unconventional Times, told Philly.com, quoting those who question the protests. "We have so many reasons to protest, especially in a city where tax abatements have gone to wealthy property owners as rents go up and housing wait list just gets longer and longer."

On Wednesday, six pro-Sanders protesters were arrested at a sit-in in the Center City headquarters of the DNC host committee, a target for protesters due to their reluctance to release the convention's financial records. The committee denies any wrongdoing, saying the protesters "are perpetuating a negative narrative that does not exist."

"The fact is the Host Committee's fundraising has been on track and, moreover, successful, with no City dollars spent to cover any of our obligations," Anna Adams-Sarthou, communications director for the host committee, told Politico.

"From day one, the Host Committee has made the best interests of Philadelphia a priority, including helping the city shine for the Convention, and it's unfortunate there are those who purport otherwise."

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