#MOWSS attendance figures for #DNC2012 under 1000, not the predicted “thousands”

Posted by: ST on September 3, 2012 at 11:07 am

Yesterday here in Charlotte was the big “March on Wall Street South” protest, which organizers, the media, and law enforcement were predicting/expecting between 2,000 and 10,000 would attend to air their grievances against the “Wall Street of the South” (Charlotte).   And because the Tampa protests at the RNC were pretty much a bust due to the weather, people were speculating demonstrators would make up for lost time on Sunday. The base of the march was at Frazier Park in uptown, and as I watched live streams of the park yesterday on CSPAN, it became clear to me that this event would see nowhere near the numbers people were anticipating (and hoping for, in the case of leftists and their allies in the national press).  To my admittedly untrained eye, there were “hundreds”, not “thousands” … and as it turns out, I wasn’t far off the mark:

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Portraying Charlotte as an emblem of a financial system gone awry, a police-estimated 800 chanting and sign-wielding protesters demanded reform Sunday as they marched through uptown.

Organizers said more than 1,000 took part, but even that estimate fell short of the 2,000 to 10,000 protesters police had expected. What one organizer called a “family-friendly” march ended with few clashes between police and protesters.

Among the isolated signs of trouble: a man with large rocks in his hand, looking like he was getting ready to throw them, spotted by police on an overpass on the parade route. The man dropped the rocks and ran when officers approached, police Chief Rodney Monroe said. He has not been apprehended.

Police arrested two people during the two-hour march. Medics treated two people struggling in the 92-degree heat.

Police officers found rocks and even bags of feces stashed along the march route in advance of the march. Police have also launched an investigation after finding two concrete cylinders that were placed on the 277 overpass that leads to uptown Charlotte.

All in all, in spite of the above mentioned attempts by the more militant wing of the far left to turn the march into something you’d see out of Occupy Oakland, the protest was pretty much a tame garden variety far left bashfest … against America, Israel, capitalism, privatization, war and was very much pro-union, pro-statism, and “America is raaaaaaaacist/sexist!”.  The usual stuff (photos here).  I was disappointed to not see any Code Pink “activists” on site wearing their now-infamous vagina costumes. But maybe that will change later this week as official DNC business starts tomorrow (the DNC-sponsored “non-partisan” Carolina Fest uptown is today).

I don’t navigate uptown very well (maybe this will help?) but I’m going to try to get up there before noon tomorrow to see what kind of pictures and video I can get.  Wish me luck! ;-)

BTW, First Lady Michelle Obama arrives later today.  She is scheduled to address delegates tomorrow night at 10:35.   Aaand, three cheers for the headline out of today’s Raleigh News and Observer:  “As DNC begins, Romney gains in NC” :)

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  1. Carlos says:

    And I’m sure Slumdog Mooch and her entourage of 1000+ “intimate friends and family” will stick we, the people, with an enormous tab for another one of their extravagant vacations, even though it would take 7 Perry Masons years in court to show this was official United States business, not a campaign stop.

    But, I’m just as sure the Great Pretender will game the system to pay for most of his campaign travels anyway, all the while having his proxies telling brain-dead worshippers that it is Romney who cheats the government (and consequently, we, the people.)

  2. EBL says:

    Do the Dems really want the images of empty seats at the DNC?

    We can start them off today on our own.

    Celebrate a diversity of empty chairs! The magic is in the “O” and also special historical proof of a connection between Barack Obama and…?

  3. There goes the neighborhood. And to paraphrase a crack some wag made about a sparsely attended Saints football game, “The place was sold out. Many of those in attendance came disguised as empty seats.”

  4. Tom TB says:

    Check out photo #29. Two guys are identified as Winthrop University students. One is holding a hand-lettered sign that says: “The Poor have sometime Objeted to being Governed badly; The Rich have Objeted to being Governed at all”. I Object to this Man’s Spelling! Have fun tomorrow ST!

  5. Carlos says:

    @Tom TB: And the spelling surprises you…how? They are, after all, college students, so they couldn’t possibly be expected to spell correctly.

    Another fine example of state “teaching”(indoctrination).

    I’m just a little surprised, because of the spelling, they weren’t identified as college professors or, at the very least, grad assistants.

    And, as we all know, in today’s world of state indoctrination, close is actually good enough for an “A” and praise from the union indoctrination specialist. Helps the victim’s self-esteem issues (very important for a job in the real world) and keeping the union indoctrination specialist’s record of producing 100% 4.0+ students.

  6. EBL says:

    Oh my! Dems are Downsizing from a 74,000 seat venue to a 20,000 seat venue for Barack Obama’s speech? Democrats are suffering from that condition known klismos kenophobia, or fear of the empty chair!