- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) - Cleveland City Council is changing rules regulating public demonstrations.

The new rules define what constitutes a “parade” for the first time and changes the process for acquiring a parade permit. The changes also establish separate rules for “impromptu demonstrations.”

The city passed the legislation in preparation for hosting the Aug. 6 debate by Republican presidential candidates and next year’s Republican National Convention.

Rick Horvath, Cleveland’s chief corporate counsel, says the city wants the laws to be in place in time for the debate because of the event’s potential for protests.

Horvath says there is nothing in the ordinance that prevents someone from protesting in Cleveland. Instead the law clarifies the permit process.

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