Flag burning threatens to fuel tensions outside convention


CLEVELAND (AP) — A threatened flag burning and a wall-building stunt mocking Donald Trump’s Mexican border plan have potential to fuel already bubbling tensions outside the Republican National Convention.

Anti-government and anti-racism protesters are set to burn an American flag Wednesday at an undisclosed location.

A Latino social justice organization is holding an exercise on the city’s Public Square to “wall off” what they see as Trump’s hateful rhetoric.

Other protests are also planned.

Several protests Tuesday erupted into skirmishes and marchers tried to push their way into blocked off downtown streets.

Officers used bicycles to wall-off intersections and for the first time during the convention ordered demonstrators to disperse under the threat of arrest.