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:
This morning I wrote about an overnight development in which DNC 2012 demonstrators – including members of Occupy Charlotte – asserted they had been “in talks” with the city to make Marshall Park uptown into a campground for people to set up tents for the week of the convention. As of the time I wrote about and referenced this story, which was reported by the Charlotte Observer’s Cleve Wootson, it was unclear as to whether or not occupiers had actually been in contact with the city to discuss having the city give them special permission to break the anti-public park campaign ordinance strengthened earlier this year by our Democrat-controlled City Council.
In overnight developments related to the DNC, the Charlotte Observer’s Cleve Wootson reports that Occupy Charlotte – which used to be based on the grounds of Old City Hall until the city beefed up anti-camping ordinances earlier this year, effectively ending the camping – is back in business and has set up camp at Marshall Park uptown:
It’s the last night – the biggest one of the GOP Convention, where Mitt Romney will formally accept the Republican nomination for President. Here’s tonight’s line-up of speakers: