An Occupy protest that blocked traffic at an intersection near the Democratic National Convention this afternoon has ended. The AP reports:
The impasse was broken after two protesters spoke to Charlotte police chief and said they were told they could continue to walk as a group on public sidewalks. They then continued past the city’s convention center, where delegates had been attending some peripheral functions. [...] At one point, a group of delegates shouted “Four more years!” The marchers responded: “No more years!”
The 50 protesters were part of a larger group of about 200 members of the Occupy movement who marched towards the convention site from an encampment nearby. They did not have a permit or follow a designated parade route.
Non-protesters were hustled away from the sit-in and onlookers were blocked from getting near the group by a wall of police officers. Buses ferrying delegates from their hotels to the convention site were rerouted; some were unable to take off.
Meanwhile, a handful of anti-abortion protesters outside the convention center were quickly surrounded by Obama supporters chanting “Four more years!”
Kevin Merida and A.J. Chavar contributed to this report.