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Demonstrators in Charlotte protest for second night against Republican National Convention

Protesters confront Charlotte Mecklenburg police bicycle officers in uptown Charlotte, N.C., on Friday night.
Protesters confront Charlotte Mecklenburg police bicycle officers in uptown Charlotte, N.C., on Friday night.
(Jeff Siner / Charlotte Observer)

Protesters returned to the streets of Charlotte to demonstrate for a second night as GOP officials gathered in the city for the Republican National Convention.

Police used bicycles to block protesters Saturday night from gathering close to the Charlotte Convention Center, the site of the convention. The Secret Service set up a perimeter, news outlets reported.

The demonstrators’ chants included, “No RNC in CLT” and “Black Lives Matter.”

Several people were arrested Friday, but no arrests were immediately announced late Saturday. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police tweeted that pepper spray was used to stop one protester armed with a pole “from advancing on officers.”

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Friday night, a group of about 60 demonstrators left a park and began a march throughout uptown Charlotte, authorities said.

Police said the group briefly trespassed onto light-rail tracks, temporarily disrupting service. Demonstrators later impeded traffic by surrounding a vehicle that was attempting to travel through an intersection, police said. William Gissentaner was arrested and charged with impeding traffic, disorderly conduct and resisting a public officer, police said.

Police say demonstrators surrounded another vehicle as they continued to march, and three more people were arrested shortly afterward. Nolan Strout was charged with two counts of assaulting a government official and resisting a public officer; Antonio Marotta and Olivia Turley were charged with assault on a government official and resisting a public officer, police said.

While police were making the arrests, several demonstrators started interfering with the arrests, and police used pepper spray, authorities said.

Republican Party officials in Charlotte are expected to vote to renominate President Trump in a small in-person session on Monday.


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