CHARLOTTE,NC Protesters have been going out to take the streets day and night throughout the DNC, with little to no problems with police.
The only semi-violent interactions with the police were one bystander resisting arrest and when on an Anti-capitalist march Black Bloc using a five foot by ten foot black canvas flag as a shield to push through a police line and the police out of fear grabbed the flag, attempting to pull it out of the marcher’s hands.
Black Bloc’s reasoning for using the flag was too ensure that police could see what was going on behind it, causing some trepidation and confusion within the ranks of bike cops.
“It’s a give and take as long as there are no security issues we don’t mind giving the protesters what they want,” said Major Elisis, “we’re just trying to keep our numbers adequate not too many, not too little.”
Protesters have been using these marches to engage the public as well as their police escorts.
Talking to them about the issues, reminding them of their oaths, telling them how their actions affect their families.
The tactic has been extremely effective; several officers have had to be pulled from the line on each march.
This tactic has been used in numerous other cities and proven to be of great value and great success.
Other tactics protesters have used with success during the DNC are to take intersections, doing sit-ins, reversing the direction of marches without warning, dispersing and reforming elsewhere.
Locals, delegates and other visitor to Charlotte seem to all come out to watch these processions through the militarized zone, sometimes cheering them, always recording the scenes, catching speeches; as well as, the overwhelming and absurd number of police for these small extremely peaceful marches.
The extremely large number of police is being used to forcefully guide protesters down the routes the police want them to go with little to no violent force. This is the reason that they haven’t had to use the weapons the bring out to nearly every march, such as a 40 mm grenade launcher, paintballs guns filled with pepper spray balls, and batons.
Another check on us all has been the weather with days of torrential rains a lot of direct Actions have had to be scrubbed, marches postponed. Many of the marchers and the journalist who soften accompany them have spent their days and nights going out often soaked to the bone which weighs heavy on their health and causes the marches to move much faster than usual.
This is exactly what the police are hoping for, the faster they can get the protesters off the street, the better for those providing security for events going on all over the place.
Tomorrow is the big day, the preselected incumbent President Obama will give his acceptance speech while protesters try and keep to the streets letting people know not only that they are displeased with his administration during his first term, but why they’re so pissed.
Moreover; they’ll continue informing the public about the failed whore that is the false two party system, telling people why both candidates are essentially the same person in a different skin suit.
Calling for more choices, while also calling for the removal of money from the political arena.
Whatever happened over the past week tomorrow the game will be far different for everyone, as the Presence of the president brings in new security measure, new laws, with a much stiffer penalty for the use of the first amendment.
With everyone on edge, will this picture of peace finally be shattered, or will all play nice?