Photos: Refuse Fascism Protest and March in Downtown Cleveland

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Refuse Fascism Protest & March (11/4/2017). - SAM ALLARD / SCENE
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  • Refuse Fascism Protest & March (11/4/2017).
Saturday afternoon, a few dozen local protesters gathered on Public Square for a demonstration and march that echoed similar protests across the country. Coordinated by the national organization Refuse Fascism, the weekend protests were geared toward building momentum against the Trump-Pence administration.

Local protesters said they wanted to continue their actions until "hundreds become thousands and thousands become millions." (The Ohio chapter intends to stage additional marches throughout the month on Public Square.) 

No incidents were reported Saturday, though a downtown personality who dresses in chain mail — dubbed "Chain Mail Guy" by many protesters — followed the marchers with a bullhorn, railing against communism and the new world order that he claimed Refuse Fascism was advocating. On Prospect he got into a minor shoving match with marchers who would not let him pass. He spoke briefly with police and resurfaced later.

The march stepped off at about 1:30 and traversed the sidewalks of Euclid, E. 9th, Prospect and Ontario before returning to Public Square for a series of remarks. Cleveland Police officers on bicycles followed quietly on the street.

Many of the demonstrators were familiar faces, members of other local protest groups of limited or suspect credibility: RevCom, Puncture the Silence, and the Carl Stokes Brigade.

Cleveland police officers on bikes followed protesters as they marched; Refuse Fascism Protest & March (11/4/2017). - SAM ALLARD / SCENE
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  • Cleveland police officers on bikes followed protesters as they marched; Refuse Fascism Protest & March (11/4/2017).

East on Euclid; Refuse Fascism Protest & March (11/4/2017). - SAM ALLARD / SCENE
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  • East on Euclid; Refuse Fascism Protest & March (11/4/2017).

Refuse Fascism Protest & March (11/4/2017). - SAM ALLARD / SCENE
  • Sam Allard / Scene
  • Refuse Fascism Protest & March (11/4/2017).

South on E. 9th, Refuse Fascism Protest & March (11/4/2017). - SAM ALLARD / SCENE
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  • South on E. 9th, Refuse Fascism Protest & March (11/4/2017).

Refuse Fascism Protest & March (11/4/2017). - SAM ALLARD / SCENE
  • Sam Allard / Scene
  • Refuse Fascism Protest & March (11/4/2017).

A logjam on Prospect; Refuse Fascism Protest & March (11/4/2017). - SAM ALLARD / SCENE
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  • A logjam on Prospect; Refuse Fascism Protest & March (11/4/2017).

"Chain Mail Guy," got into a minor skuffle; Refuse Fascism Protest & March (11/4/2017). - SAM ALLARD / SCENE
  • Sam Allard / Scene
  • "Chain Mail Guy," got into a minor skuffle; Refuse Fascism Protest & March (11/4/2017).

Refuse Fascism Protest & March (11/4/2017). - SAM ALLARD / SCENE
  • Sam Allard / Scene
  • Refuse Fascism Protest & March (11/4/2017).

Back at Public Square; Refuse Fascism Protest & March (11/4/2017). - SAM ALLARD / SCENE
  • Sam Allard / Scene
  • Back at Public Square; Refuse Fascism Protest & March (11/4/2017).



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