Hundreds of Occupy protesters march ahead of Democratic National Convention in Charlotte

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Occupy Charlotte protester Brett Morse near the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

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An Occupy Charlotte chalk artist near the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

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Chalk art by Occupy Charlotte protesters.

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Laundry hanging at the Occupy Charlotte camp near the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

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One of the Occupy Charlotte protesters' signs.

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One of the Occupy Charlotte protesters' signs.

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One of the Occupy Charlotte protesters' signs.

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The Occupy Charlotte camp near the 2012 Democratic National Convention.


Several hundred Occupy protesters marched through the streets of Charlotte Sunday, ahead of the Democratic National Convention. The group was smaller than the “thousands” promised by the movement. Several protesters never left their camp.

The Occupy Charlotte encampment is right across the street from the hotel where the California delegation is staying. Local Occupy protesters have camped out there for nearly a year. They got reinforcements from the Occupy Wall Street movement, and young people from across the country who came to protest at both the Republican National Convention in Tampa and at the Democratic National Convention here.

New York native Brett Morse said the fight for freedom and liberty isn’t a left- or right-wing issue. "We’re not fooled by Obama’s promises," he said.

Morse said he supported Barack Obama for the promises he made, but "instead of fulfilling those promises, he’s pretty much been maybe a lighter version of his predecessor."

Morse said the reason to protest is to let voters know there are other alternatives. He supports the Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

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