CLEVELAND — Protesters filled Prospect Avenue and E. 4th St. downtown Wednesday, a block from the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena, burning American flags and forcing police to call a dispersal order on the streets.

A protestor lit a flag on fire, then lit himself on fire, according to Cleveland Police. Flames were extinguished by firefighters as officers called for people to clear the streets.

According to Cleveland Police, protesters resisted those calls and two officers were assaulted. Those in the crowd yelled that officers were threatening the use of pepper spray, but Cleveland Police said none was used.

In all, 17 arrests were made.

Elon News Network reporters were on the scene amid the protests. Here are tweets of their live coverage.

This story was jointly reported by The Pendulum and Elon Local News.

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