September 2, 2012, Charlotte, NC The first day of the people taking to the streets in Charlotte against the DNC went extremely smoothly despite small numbers, the oppressive southern heat, number of police and other forms of oppression.
The rally started at around 11 am occupy time running through until 1 pm occupy time with the usual number of speeches for the usual assortment issues.
At just after 1pm the protesters formed up on a long path leading out of the park and onto the street with a group of small children dressed in green and white leading the way just behind the contingent of signs that inevitably marks the front of the protest.
The heat, threat of the police state, conspired to keep people in their homes and/or other caves of safety.
In addition unconfirmed sources within the movement have told me that a number of buses turned back from whence they came, due to a lack of adequate safe housing and at least one bus was detained in Texas through the entirety of the DNC.
Out of the approximately 1500 protesters who marched through the red zone, often to cheers and cat calls of approval along the way only two were arrested during the protest.
Anna Marie Write was arrested for wearing a scarf covering her face against the police intimidation tactic of filming protesters and carrying a pocket knife at 4th and College.
The second arrest was of Chris Wright Stephens, 32 who sources inside the police department have described as a bystander. He was arrested on Disorderly Conduct, assault on a government official and resisting arrest charges at the 200 block of South College.
Many of the protesters have come out in protest against Obama for his numerous anti-human, pro-corporate, war mongering policies despite statements by some organizers to the contrary.
Such as those of Aaron Black of Occupy Wall Street who told CNN "A lot of our people are not interested in protesting Obama," a flagrantly false statement. There were many in the contingent who carried signs against the two party system, at least one sign calling Obama a traitor and hundreds of signs against varying Obama policies; as well as, those in support.
After all the hype there was none of the violence, played up by the media and the Department of Homeland Security in recent months and weeks, not due to the hyped up security, but simply due to the peaceful nature of most occupy protesters.
However; the peacefulness of the Protesters did not mean that the locals wouldn’t be hostile, two private property owners along the march route accosted journalist for having the gall to cross “their” imaginary property lines. One drunken home owner took threatening steps toward journalist who moved up even one of the steps leading up to his property from the street. Another stuck a lit cigar and a fist alternately in journalist faces for stepping on a telephone pole used to mark his property line.
At the end of the grueling march there was a closing rally which was held just in time for Occupy protesters to hear a few speakers and listen to a short concert before heading back to Marshal Park hoping to beat the torrential southern rains that would come soon after their return.