First major anti-Trump rally underway in Cleveland

A demonstrator takes a picture of the police line during the Shut Down Trump & the RNC protest on Sunday, July 17, 2016, in Cleveland. The Republican National Convention starts Monday. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

CLEVELAND (AP) — The first major rally against presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has attracted several hundred people to a downtown Cleveland plaza about a half-mile from where his supporters are gathering.

Protesters on Monday chanted “Dump Trump now!” and held signs saying things like “No racism, no fascism, no Trump” as they started to march through the streets.

The dissenters included many upset with Trump’s stances on immigration, including a plan to build a wall at the Mexican border, and his push to keep Muslim visitors from entering the U.S.

Demonstrators also used the event to protest what they called racist police practices — several held signs calling for disarming the police and at one point the crowd broke into a “Black lives matter!” chant. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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