I-Team: RNC protest permit application deadline has passed

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CLEVELAND - The deadline passed at 5 p.m. Friday to apply for a permit to hold a protest march, use a speaker’s platform or reserve park space during the Republican National Convention.

As of Thursday afternoon, the Fox 8 I-Team found just four permits had been issued for protest marches. A check of the city’s dropbox listing permits showed no new ones even as of late Friday.

However, Cleveland City Hall says it can continue issuing permits right up until the Convention.

The city has not answered one question about this that the I-Team has asked repeatedly. We’ve wondered how many protest march applications might be backlogged or pending a final decision.

We do know at least one group denied a permit has appealed. Another group granted a permit now says it may not march, or it will hold a smaller march than planned. Instead, the group may just focus on holding a large rally at a park.

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