Republican National Convention — Day Three

Republican National Convention — Day Three

Protests erupted at Public Square in Cleveland on Wednesday as various groups shouted their competing messages and police erected a human barricade to separate the various factions. It started when a group from the Westboro cult (I refuse to call them either "Baptist' or "church," they're neither) took the podium and started preaching their version of Christianity. Some of what they were "preaching" was technically biblically true, but they filtered it through a lens of anger and hateful rhetoric, laced with extreme sounding political overtones.

When the "Queers Against Racism" crowd arrived, police (hundreds of them) quickly swooped in and formed a barricade between the two groups.  The "Queers" group occupied the podium opposite the Westboro group and shouted their own talking points. Meanwhile, a drum circle formed between the two groups. Hurray for for the calming influence of drum circles. It mostly worked, because the atmosphere never got out of hand. The heavy police presence is most certainly serving as deterrent. No one is attempting to approach police or cross the lines, and although there is shouting, there is no violence.