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While Trump energized his base inside the arena, a contingent of anti-Trump protesters numbering in the hundreds displayed an equal amount of fervor on the outside.
A group of protesters first met at Red Arrow Park where they heard from members of the “Coalition to March on the DNC,” which brands itself as a “broad national coalition of left and progressive forces, rallying behind popular demands at the 2020 Democratic National Convention,” according to the coalition’s website.
After hearing several remarks from coalition leaders, the demonstrators marched down East Kilbourn Avenue towards the Panther Arena and gathered at the intersection of West Kilbourn Avenue and Vel R. Phillips Avenue.
As they congregated at the intersection, the demonstrators were met with little resistance other than metal barricades, which kept the group several hundred feet away from the entrance of the Panther arena.
Less than half a block away, hundreds of Trump supporters, who were not able to get inside the arena, watched the rally on a large video screen that was set up in a parking lot immediately across from the arena.
Anti-Trump demonstrators eventually made their way to that parking lot where the two groups began to quarrel, although confrontations amounted to no more than verbal altercations. Milwaukee Police officers and Milwaukee County Sheriff’s deputies, wearing riot gear, soon arrived and divided the two groups.