'Nominate Sanders or Lose in November!' Bernie-or-Busters Protest Hillary Clinton in Philadelphia

"I am angry, I'm angry at the Democratic establishment," said one protest organizer

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Hundreds of Bernie Sanders supporters and other protesters took to the streets of Philadelphia on the first day of the Democratic convention on Monday, filling the air with chants of “Nominate Sanders or lose in November!” and “We are the 99 percent!”

Pro-Sanders demonstrators aired their frustrations over issues ranging from climate change to free trade to economic justice – but first and foremost, over the “rigged” electoral process that they believe robbed the Vermont senator of his rightful nomination as the Democratic presidential nominee.

“I am angry, I’m angry at the Democratic establishment,” Corey Collier, an organizer for the activist umbrella organization Philly.FYI, told CNBC, adding that the protesters were moved to march after “watching democracy be blatantly undermined in our faces.”

As temperatures hovered in the mid- to upper-90s on Monday, demonstrators descended on the heat-stricken city after marching across a bridge from New Jersey into Philadelphia, the Associated Press reported. By mid-afternoon, a group of about 50 protesters had stopped marching and sat down in the middle of Broad Street, blocking traffic and refusing to move until Mississippi’s state flag – which includes the Confederate emblem – was taken down from a lamppost. The protesters said the DNC “protects this type of mentality,” the AP wrote.

The protests come one day after Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned following backlash over leaked emails that seemed to show DNC officials plotting against Sanders in favor of Clinton during the primaries. Sanders called for Wasserman Schultz to step down in light of the scandal, saying, “I think she should resign, period, and I think we need a new chair who is going to lead us in a very different direction.”

Pro-Sanders supporters were furious not just with the DNC but with its presumptive nominee, Hillary Clinton, who some protesters said was just as “terrible” as her GOP opponent, Donald Trump.

“This movement that will not fall in line with Hillary Clinton is real,” Bruce Carter, founder of Black Men for Bernie, declared to cheers from audience members, some of whom waved signs saying #NeverHillary.

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Protester Darcy Samek told CNBC she objected to Clinton’s hawkish foreign policy, adding, “Hillary or Trump, they’re both terrible.”

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Meanwhile, Sanders himself, who has endorsed Clinton, was booed by Democratic delegates in Philadelphia on Monday after he declared, “We have got to defeat Donald Trump. We have to got elect Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine.”

But Destine Madu, a Sanders supporter who was among Monday’s protesters, said it didn’t matter that Sanders was calling on backers to line up behind his one-time rival.

“He’s like Moses,” she told ABC News. “He led us to the promised land.”

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