Philadelphia Readies for DNC after Quiet Cleveland Protests

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — As Cleveland breathes a sigh of relief after protests during the Republican convention came and went without major chaos, eyes now turn to Philadelphia. As the nation’s fifth largest city, it provides a bigger stage for bigger protests over a much larger area.

Leah Daughtry, CEO of the Democratic National Convention Committee, walks onto the stage Friday, July 22, 2016, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, where the convention is scheduled to convene on Monday. (AP Photo/Dake Kang)
Leah Daughtry, CEO of the Democratic National Convention Committee, walks onto the stage Friday, July 22, 2016, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, where the convention is scheduled to convene on Monday. (AP Photo/Dake Kang)

Cleveland’s protests ended quietly Thursday with two dozen arrests over four days and none of the feared mass disruptions and violence.

Philadelphia is cautiously optimistic its Democratic National Convention can follow in those footsteps while letting protesters have their say.

Mayor Jim Kenney says the city’s “exemplary” police force is ready.

Several factors could make Philadelphia’s protests vastly different than those in Cleveland, including the city’s sprawling protest sites from downtown to the convention site four miles away and the estimated 50,000 protesters each day.