Cleveland announces road closures, asks for peaceful protests ahead of GOP debate

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CLEVELAND- The city of Cleveland made a few announcements ahead of Thursday's Republican presidential debate at Quicken Loans Arena.

"These events are expected to draw scores of visitors from all over the country into our city to get a first look at potential Presidential nominees and experience all the great things our city has to offer," the city said in a news release on Monday.

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The news release from Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson's office and the Cleveland Division of Police want residents to be aware of increased security, potential traffic delays and more pedestrians downtown.

Possible protests:

With the top 10 GOP candidates taking the stage at the Q, several groups are planning to protest. The city said it recognizes that people have a right to peacefully protest, but "actions that cross the line," will not be tolerated.

Road closures:
Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 9 a.m.

-Two westbound lanes on Huron Road from East 4th Street and East 7th Street.

Thursday, Aug. 6 at 9 a.m.

-Huron Road from Ontario Street to East 7th Street.

-Corner of Huron and Prospect.

The city of Cleveland said there will be limited access to the Gateway parking garages. They advise leaving early and riding RTA.

Huron Road and East 4th Street