Cleveland protestors march against Trump ahead of presidential debate being held in Ohio

Protesters listen to speakers at a rally near the debate hall, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Cleveland. The first presidential debate between Republican candidate President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden is being held in Cleveland on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
A Trump supporter and a protester argue near the debate hall, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Cleveland. The first presidential debate between Republican candidate President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden is being held in Cleveland Tuesday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Protestors gathered in Cleveland, Ohio on Tuesday night ahead of the first presidential debate of the 2020 election cycle between President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

A crowd of hundreds of people from various groups held demonstrations against Trump at Wade Lagoon near the Cleveland Museum of Art, blocks away from the debate venue at Case Western Reserve University. Protestors carried signs with slogans such as “Dump Trump” and “Trump/Pence #OutNow.”

Local authorities have taken a number of steps to secure the area, blocking off streets and adding security fences near the debate venue. The Ohio National Guard has a presence on the ground at the request of Gov. Mike DeWine.

“We have taken every precaution to make sure that while people can exercise their constitutional right to free speech, that they do it in a safe and secure manner, again, with the community in mind,” Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said ahead of the event.

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SOURCE: Fox N