PHILADELPHIA (CN) — While former American figureheads Madeleine Albright and Bill Clinton spoke inside the Democratic National Convention, thousands of disenfranchised Bernie Sanders supporters flooded Broad Street and briefly shut down a media security checkpoint with a sit-in.
Rallying around Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein — who marched with them — the protesters shut down a major artery into the city on their way to the Wells Fargo Center.
"A lot of Bernie people in the [convention], they have credentials, they weren't allowed in today," Danny Fittro, a protester, told Courthouse News. "It's media manipulation. They take out the Bernie people and replace them with Hillary people so Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews can tell the world the party has united behind Hillary. That's manipulation."
Helicopters circled overhead and the police presence was heavy, but a group of protesters managed to briefly shut down the media access point into the convention with their sit-in.
Many of the protesters carried megaphones, flooding Broad Street with anti-Hillary sentiments while another protester with a megaphone just sang songs about Pokemon.
The protesters marched peacefully down Broad, which was lined with police officers.
"Hey, officers," a man said through a megaphone, "I just want to say thanks for everything you do."
Protests are planned throughout the week with various speaking engagements from Stein, along with performances at nearby FDR Park.
On the edge of the protests a woman selling candy shouted, "Black candy matters! Hey ho, this black candy's got to go!"
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