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Posted: 10:00 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
There are protest signs all over Marshall Park, where “Occupy” members from all over the country have been camped out.
“We do agree on one specific thing: we want systematic change,” said protestor Aaron Black.
This group doesn’t fit the stereotypical description of violent protestors who want to cause chaos, said Black.
Instead, they want to be a peaceful presence that helps start conversations about issues like the struggling middle class.
“Now we’re here to talk about the issues,” said Black. “Not so much protesting a specific candidate.”
Others didn’t seem to be taking that same approach.
“As far as Mr. Obama, I got a sign for him,” said protestor Billy Lolos. “DNC equals did not change anything.”
Many protestors slept inside their tents overnight, even though a city ordinance that banned camping on city property went into effect last February.
Protestors said they’ve had a great relationship with police so far. Nobody has been asked to leave.
City officials told us they’re working on a plan for the Occupy protestors, but haven’t said exactly what that plan involves.
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