Hundreds of people demonstrated this Tuesday in Cleveland (Ohio, EE.UU.) against the US president, Donald Trump, shortly before the president participated in this city in his first debate of the campaign against the Democratic candidate, Joe Biden.
Three hours before the Cleveland debate began, and shortly after Trump landed in the city, at least 400 protesters congregated in a park near the university where the president was going to face for the first time in the campaign with Biden, his rival in the elections of 3 of 3 November.
“The whole country is going to see the difference between the two candidates (during the debate), and I felt that I had to be here to say something,” a 70-year-old protester who was watching the protest in the back row told Efe. just like Kathy.
“We have to remove Trump from power legally and without violence, and make sure the elections are conducted fairly, “stressed Kathy.
With dozens of balloons caricaturing Trump as a figure in diapers, the crowd chanted some of the slogans that have been repeated in recent months in the protests of “Black Lives Matter” (“Black lives matter”), mixed with slogans calling for saving the planet from the climate crisis.
The memory of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black boy who was shot in 2014 by a white police officer while playing with a toy gun in a Cleveland park, was very present among the protesters, and some recalled that, if he were alive , the teenager would have been able to vote for the first time in these elections.
“It is our duty to fight for our freedomBecause the United States and the Trump administration have continued to show us that black lives don’t matter to them, “LaTonya Goldsby, Rice’s cousin and president of the Cleveland division of the” Black Lives Matter “movement, cried out to the protesters.
A little closer to the debate site, three dozen doctors and nurses dressed in white coats also took to the streets to ask for the vote for Biden and to protest Trump’s management of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Their posters read: “Let’s save the next 200,000”, in reference to the number of Americans who have died so far from the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
Others flocked to Cleveland to promote their own causes, as the opposition to the right to abort, but the atmosphere in the city was, in general, more subdued than in other towns that have hosted debates in years of presidential elections, due in large part to the restrictions derived from the pandemic.