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'Undemocratic' DNC Rocked by Protests as #Demexit Gains Steam

IN PICTURES: The Democratic National Convention is facing a rough start as the party faces withering criticism and discontent across the board.

Any hopes that party leaders had for a smooth Democratic National Convention were all but dashed last weekend with the relase of a cache of 19,000 emails that confirmed that some high-ranking party officials were working to influence the primary voters in Hilary Clinton's favor, outraging those who believed that their votes could influence the party's course.

The revelation by WikiLeaks laid bare the deep divisions between the neoliberal and progressive factions of the Democratic Party as the convention heads into its second evening. Meanwhile – surrounding the convention hall – leftists, labor organizers, and social movements swarmed into the streets to protest the party's policies on war, fracking, free trade policies, labor issues, and police killings across the country. Already, this convention is shaping up to be the Democrats' most contentious since 1968, when antiwar protesters clashed with Chicago police outside, while Democrats bickered inside, almost coming to blows.

But on a more molecular level, Sanders supporters – who have been moved to both white-hot rage and anguished tears at the DNC once it became apparent that the one-time contender is backing Hillary Clinton – say that the next few days mirrors a battle for the soul of the Democratic Party, and perhaps even more, raises a vexing question about the duopolistic political system in the U.S. today: who will represent the people?

teleSUR takes a look at a party in disarray that is desperately attempting to seek some basis of unity in the face of deflated internal morale and the right-wing electoral juggernaut represented by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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Protesters at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia denounce the party
Protesters at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia denounce the party's clearly undemocratic processes, as evidenced by disdainful emails released in the latest WikiLeaks dump. Photo:AFP
Protesters represented a variety of causes, including the Kurdish struggle for self-determination in Turkey (red flag, right), police abolition and support for Black Lives Matter (center), and a sign reading "Eat your pheasant, drink your wine, your days are numbered, bourgeois swine!"
Protesters represented a variety of causes, including the Kurdish struggle for self-determination in Turkey (red flag, right), police abolition and support for Black Lives Matter (center), and a sign reading "Eat your pheasant, drink your wine, your days are numbered, bourgeois swine!" Photo:Reuters
Sanders supporters expressed their outrage throughout the convention, even going so far as jeering their one-time presidential pick after it became evident that the Vermont senator would back Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to the hilt.
Sanders supporters expressed their outrage throughout the convention, even going so far as jeering their one-time presidential pick after it became evident that the Vermont senator would back Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to the hilt. Photo:Reuters
Protesters were greeted by the heavy hand of various police agencies, as well as the United States Secret Service.
Protesters were greeted by the heavy hand of various police agencies, as well as the United States Secret Service. Photo:Reuters
Echoing a bipartisan grassroots consensus, Bernie Sanders supporters and party dissidents chanted "Lock Her Up" on the convention floor in reference to the widely-loathed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Echoing a bipartisan grassroots consensus, Bernie Sanders supporters and party dissidents chanted "Lock Her Up" on the convention floor in reference to the widely-loathed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Photo:Reuters
Protesters also expressed their severe displeasure with the party
Protesters also expressed their severe displeasure with the party's unwavering backing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, which Clinton running mate Tim Kaine has fervently supported. Labor and consumer rights advocates have blasted TPP as a free trade deal that will have precipitously negative impacts on the U.S. economy, labor standards, and human rights. Photo:Reuters
Many Black Lives Matters protesters were present and expressed their rejection for the 2-party system that protects the impunity of killer police officers amidst heavy rain fall as they gathered outside the site of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania July 25, 2016.
Many Black Lives Matters protesters were present and expressed their rejection for the 2-party system that protects the impunity of killer police officers amidst heavy rain fall as they gathered outside the site of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania July 25, 2016. Photo:Reuters
The Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island marches against environmental racism and Democratic Party policies, including Hillary Clinton
The Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island marches against environmental racism and Democratic Party policies, including Hillary Clinton's role in the death of Indigenous leader Berta Caceres, on Broad Street during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., July 25, 2016. Photo:Reuters
A model of a military drone is seen in front of an U.S. flag as protesters rally against Democratic Party policies, ahead of the Democratic National Convention, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., July 24, 2016.
A model of a military drone is seen in front of an U.S. flag as protesters rally against Democratic Party policies, ahead of the Democratic National Convention, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., July 24, 2016. Photo:Reuters
Protesters carry a mock coffin to symbolize what they see as a politically "dead" Democratic National Committee, discredited by the massive dump of internal correspondence by whistleblower website WikiLeaks.
Protesters carry a mock coffin to symbolize what they see as a politically "dead" Democratic National Committee, discredited by the massive dump of internal correspondence by whistleblower website WikiLeaks. Photo:Reuters
Meanwhile, within the convention hall one could mistake the mood for that of a funeral as anguished Bernie Sanders supporters whimpered and cried in reaction to Sanders
Meanwhile, within the convention hall one could mistake the mood for that of a funeral as anguished Bernie Sanders supporters whimpered and cried in reaction to Sanders' unequivocal support for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Photo:AFP
A white male with dreadlocks wearing a "Black Men for Bernie" t-shirt reacts to a jet of water.
A white male with dreadlocks wearing a "Black Men for Bernie" t-shirt reacts to a jet of water. Photo:Reuters
Socialist Alternative, the organization that spearheaded the campaign to elect Kshama Sawant to Seattle City Council, participated in the protests to "continue the political revolution and build the socialist movement."
Socialist Alternative, the organization that spearheaded the campaign to elect Kshama Sawant to Seattle City Council, participated in the protests to "continue the political revolution and build the socialist movement." Photo:Reuters
A protester wears a Donald Trump mask and Darth Vader-style costume during a spirited march to the Democratic National Convention.
A protester wears a Donald Trump mask and Darth Vader-style costume during a spirited march to the Democratic National Convention. Photo:AFP
Inconsolable Bernie Sanders supporters were heartbroken as it appeared that the Vermont senator was putting the brakes on his so-called "political revolution."
Inconsolable Bernie Sanders supporters were heartbroken as it appeared that the Vermont senator was putting the brakes on his so-called "political revolution." Photo:AFP
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