Bernie Sanders supporters stage walkout, protest outside DNC

Activists march through downtown before the start of the Democratic National Convention. (CBS New York)


Even as Sanders called to “move that Hillary Clinton be selected as the nominee of the Democratic party,” his devotees staged a disruptive walk-out from the convention floor, marching through the Wells Fargo Center arena and plunking down at a media tent outside.

About 25 protesters refused to move from the floor of the media tent. After police cordoned off access to the space, over a hundred more congregated outside.

The demonstrators linked arms, duct-taped their mouths shut to signify their votes had been “silenced” at the convention, and held up signs with phrases like “The revolution continues” and “#DemExit.”

Later in the evening, while protesters seemed to try blocking delegates from exiting, police in riot gear converged just inside convention perimeter. The officers lined up against the inside of the fence in case the protestors break through.

In Philadelphia’s downtown, some Sanders supporters headed to protest outside of city hall, according to CBS News’ Jacqueline Alemany.

Some activists burned American flags during their demonstration:

According to The Associated Press, “Some Sanders backers started scaling 8-foot walls that blocked off the secure zone around the arena parking lot. Police and the Secret Service immediately arrested four protesters, who will be charged with entering a restricted area. They’re scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

“Protests continued into the night as Sanders supporters and an anti-police brutality group joined together. Later, another protester set an Israeli flag on fire as people chanted, “long live the intifada.” Others then came together for a candlelight vigil.”

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