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LOCKDOWN INC. (THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION)

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    Donald Trump supporters cheer on the floor of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
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    Donald Trump addresses the 2016 Republican National Convention on the final night in Cleveland, Ohio.
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    Supporters watch speeches on the big screen (left) - a pit bull watches the crowd during a rally in support of Donald Trump during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
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    Police watch over protesters at Public Square in downtown Cleveland during the 2016 Republican National Convention.
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    Steel barriers and empty streets near the Quicken Loans Arena in downtown, Cleveland during the 2016 Republican National Convention.
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    Donald Trump addresses the 2016 Republican National Convention on the final night in Cleveland, Ohio.
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    (Left) Tattoo of a Cleveland resident in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. (Right) Supports of Donald Trump at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
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    Republican Vice Presidential candidate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, speaks at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
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    (Left and Right) Delegates on the floor of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
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    Donald Trump takes the stage to introduce his wife, Melania Trump, during the first night of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
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    Donald Trump supporters cheer on the floor of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
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    A supporter of open carry gun laws with his assault rifle at Public Square in downtown Cleveland during the 2016 Republican National Convention.
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    Police separate protesters during the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
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    Donald Trump addresses the 2016 Republican National Convention on the final night in Cleveland, Ohio.
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    Supporters of Donald Trump at a rally in downtown Cleveland, Ohio.
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    Steel barriers and empty streets near the Quicken Loans Arena in downtown, Cleveland during the 2016 Republican National Convention.
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    Donald Trump addresses the 2016 Republican National Convention on the final night in Cleveland, Ohio.
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    A Cleveland resident downtown during the 2016 Republican National Convention.
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    (Left) Security watches over an entrance to a building in downtown Cleveland during the Republican National Convention. (Right) A police officer takes a position at Public Square during protest in downtown Cleveland during the 2016 Republican National Convention.
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    Empty tables at a Chic hotel in downtown Cleveland during the 2016 Republican National Convention.
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    A supporter at a Trump rally during the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
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    Melania Trump speaks during the first night of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
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    Celebrations after Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
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    Donald Trump looks at the crowd while his son, Eric Trump, speaks at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
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    Senator Bob Dole, the 1996 Republican presidential nominee, talks with supports at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
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    Steel barriers just outside the Quicken Loans Arena during the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
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    Donald Trump takes the stage to introduce his wife, Melania Trump, during the first night of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
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    Broadcast journalists at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
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    Police wait near a Trump rally in downtown Cleveland during the 2016 Republican National Convention.
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    Members of the media, activists and Cleveland residents watch protests at Public Square in downtown Cleveland during the 2016 Republican National Convention.
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    Texas Senator and once presidential candidate Ted Cruz addresses the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
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    The Texas delegation celebrates after announcing their delegate count on the floor of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
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    Hats on the convention floor at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
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    Steel barriers and empty streets near the Quicken Loans Arena in downtown, Cleveland during the 2016 Republican National Convention.
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    Images of Donald Trump on the Jumbotron at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
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    Celebrations after Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
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    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on the floor of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
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    Donald Trump supporters cheer on the floor of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
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    Celebrations after Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
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    A member of the media reports after celebrations ended at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
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    A member of the media celebrates the end of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
Lockdown Inc. (The Republican National Convention)

The Republican National Convention transformed downtown Cleveland into a maze of steel and concrete barriers constructed to protect Quicken Loans Arena from assault or protest. Law enforcement on bikes, horseback and in rapid response squads occupied much of the city. Side streets appeared empty and many restaurants and bars were quiet. In places, downtown Cleveland felt void of life, the lockdown scaring all but the most faithful away.

Inside the convention the Jumbotron projected a vision of strength and unapologetic aggression. Speech after speech worked to reinforce the need for order and security. With domestic attacks in Dallas, Orlando and San Bernardino on many people’s minds, the message seemed universally accepted. The alliance between a billionaire businessman and Republicans was locked in, even if the party establishment was cold to the relationship. The celebration continued and the empty streets waited outside…

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