DNC protests by angry Bernie Sanders supporters on Philadelphia's sweltering streets marked the start of the Democratic National Convention on Monday after leaked emails suggested the party leadership tried to sink Sander's campaign, reported USA Today
The scandal had already forced Democratic Party chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to announce her resignation and skip the convention's opening.
Protesters marched from City Hall as temperature on the streets soared to near 100 degrees and the heat index topped out at 109 degrees, noted USA Today.
Protesters carried signed against Hillary Clinton, and they included slogans like "Never Hillary," "Warlord," and "Hell no, DNC, we won't vote for Hillary." The Intercept
said some Sanders supporters wore "Hillary for Prison" shirts that were popular at last week's Republican National Convention.
Philadelphia police told USA Today that 55 citations were given out for disorderly conduct as the number of protester grew Monday, no arrests were made. The protest numbers appeared short of the 50,000 per day that was expected by authorities.
Protesters gathered at Franklin D. Roosevelt Park where progressive speakers railed against Clinton, said Philly.com
"The DNC rigged this election, but with Bernie, we can take it back," Mary Shumay, 55, who traveled to the Philadelphia from Cleveland, noted Philly.com.
Inside the Wells Fargo Center, the host site for the convention, Sanders supporters continued their defiance, chanting, "Hey, hey, DNC, we won't vote for Hillary," reported The New York Times
Some turned on progressive favorite U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren during her prime time speech, chanting "We trusted you" during her presentation, noted the Times.
Before Warren's speech, Sanders' supporter and comedian Sarah Silverman chided the group, saying: "Can I just say to the Bernie-or-bust people, you are being ridiculous," stated the Times.
Sanders himself tried to calm the storm by sending a text message earlier Monday asking delegates "to not engage in any kind of protest on the floor," while Clinton and Sanders campaign officials tried to quiet protesters on the campaign floor, reported the Times.
"Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president, and I am proud to stand with her here tonight," Sanders said in his speech at the DNC Monday night, throwing his support behind the former secretary of state, noted the Times.
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