Philadelphia is planning for about 200,000 protestors at the Democrat National Convention later this month but organizers are estimating the number of protestors at closer to 1 million.
“It’s becoming more and more realistic as the days go on,” said the chief organizer, Billy Taylor, 31, who holds permits for three-quarters of the permitted protesters.
Taylor is a Sanders supporter and hopes to push the DNC to change the party platform and get rid of the chair of the Democratic Party, abolish superdelegates, implement same-day voter registration, and abolish voter ID laws.
“If we want a political revolution, it’s important we all stand united in the streets,” he said.
Taylor has obtained numerous permits in hopes he will be able to block out the Hillary supporters.
“We’re not going to vote for the demon called Hillary because you’re threatening us with the devil called Trump,” Taylor told the NY Post. “We’re going to vote for the saint no matter what — and if that’s not Bernie, it’s [Green Party candidate] Jill Stein. Their platform is nearly identical.”
The city has made it easier to protest by "decriminalizing" nuisance offenses.
“Democrats are coming together united in their support of Hillary Clinton,” said Justin Barasky, a spokesman for pro-Clinton super PAC, Priorities USA Action. “It’s the Republicans who are fractured.”
It doesn't sound like the party is coming together.
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