Protesters take 2-hour march around uptown Tuesday night - | WBTV Charlotte

Protesters take 2-hour march around uptown Tuesday night

Dylan Wrynn Dylan Wrynn
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11:46 p.m.: Protesters arrive back at Marshall Park. No reports of any arrests from the march.

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11:12 p.m.: Protesters began marching back towards Marshall Park.

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10:56 p.m.: After a short chant of " banks got bailed out, we got sold out" protesters start marching away from 5th & Tryon Street.

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10:42 p.m.: Protesters stop in front of the Bank of America building shouting "this is what a police state looks like."

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10:33 pm: Protesters began marching again after a nearly 25 minute stand off with police.

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10:28 p.m.: Protesters began chanting "out of the balconies, into the streets" at people who are watching the protest from the balconies of their condos.

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10:21 p.m: Protesters just sat down in the street for a "quick 5 minute sit down" after a face off with police.

Police are attempting to guide the protesters back to the park down 12th Street and down Davidson Street, but the protesters say they don't want to go that route.

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10:07 p.m.: Protesters stopped marching for a few minutes and after a short disagreement, turned around and started marching back.  "Let's figure it out! The cops are organizing faster than we are," one person shouted at one point.

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9:40 pm: Protesters took to the streets of Charlotte again on Tuesday night. Several dozen protesters were seen marching up Stonewall street chanting and pounding on drums around 9:40 p.m.

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7:15 pm: CMPD announces ten arrests during "No papers, no fear" Undocubus protest at 5th and College two hours earlier. The official release says the protesters were arrested for sitting in the intersection, physically blocking the road, and refusing to move. CMPD calls it a "planned act of civil disobedience", but went on to say no one was hurt. The ten people arrested were charged with impeding traffic.

CMPD did release the following information about the arrests:
Jane Doe, unknown age
Kitzia Esteva, 25
Gloria Martinez Estevez, 58
Jane Doe, unknown age
Rosa Carrasco, unknown age
Martin Uncueta, 58
Eleazar Castellanos, 45
Yovany Diaz, 21
Julio Sanchez, 24
Gerargo Torres, 41

WBTV is asking police for further details about the legal status of the arrested protesters.

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5:28 pm: WBTV crews report police brought in three paddy wagons and cleared out the protesters.

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5:10pm: WBTV crews at the scene of the Undocubus protest reported two people were taken into custody at the protest. WBTV is working to learn more details.

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4:45pm:  One lane of traffic is moving on College Street where protesters are now gathered Uptown. It is now raining on the group, but they are not moving.

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4:35 pm: Police in Charlotte say as of 4 p.m. there have been three men were arrested from Tuesdays protests, involved in unlawful demonstration activities.  

Paul G. Davis, DOB: 12/05/1968. Mr. Davis was arrested at 721 N. Tryon Street and charged with disorderly conduct and dispersal of a noxious substance at 10:13 a.m.  The substance was determined to be a green dye.  No one was injured during the incident.

Dylan W. Wrynn, DOB: 11/17/1969, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct at 721 N. Tryon Street at 10:13 a.m.

John Rhodes Penley, DOB: 05/03/1952, was arrested and charged with breaching a police line and barricade at 400 E. Stonewall Street at 12:21 p.m.

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4:25 p.m. update: Protesters from the "No Papers, No Fear" protest, who arrived in Charlotte on the Undocubus have marched into uptown Charlotte and blocked the intersection of 5th and College.

They are blocking traffic from getting through the area, some have even sat down in the street.  Police are on the scene.  No arrests have been made in this protests.

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3:30pm: The Charmeck Joint Information Center releases information about a woman detained earlier in the day. Officers say the woman was "acting suspiciously" on South Mint Street and was briefly detained. The woman was released without incident.

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3:05 p.m. update: Protesters start to break up the march. Marchers are reporting two arrests today - one, a Veteran for Peace and the second reported to be an Occupy protester who was wearing a mask during the approved march to the Convention Center. WBTV is working to get confirmation from officials. The march ended after two hours of chanting, singing, and calling out talking points, but appeared mostly peaceful on both sides.

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2:55 p.m. update: Protesters stop marching and call out that a protester is under arrest. Officers pull that person out of the group. The march continues.

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2:50 p.m. update: Protesters and CMPD reach agreement for protesters to march closer to the Convention Center. Officers will allow them to march on the sidewalk only. Protest organizers announced to the group that if they step off the sidewalk, they will be arrested. This is the political group. They are marching with the chant "Free Bradley Manning, arrest Barack Obama". Manning is the U.S. Army Private accused of leaking secret military intelligence to Wikileaks. His arrest and prosecution have sparked controversy and outrage for many Americans. There is a website for his supporters. You can find it here.

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2:30 p.m. update: Protesters and police are blocking traffic Uptown near the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The smaller groups which initially appeared to be one protest group have consolidated into one whole. They are concerned with issues ranging from homelessness and poverty to what they call illegal wars. The group refuses to move into what's called the Free Speech Zone; at one point, several people crammed into a small tent in the intersection.

Protesters are also angry about the Free Speech Zone, with one asking "how large should the Free Speech Zone be?"

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1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Protesters are Uptown right now, with a large police presence surrounding them. They are spread out in several different locations, for different causes.

There appears to be one protest that is appealing for the release of political prisoners, and another protest put on by Vietnam Veterans. These two protests might actually be one group slightly split up - the groups are very close together at South Caldwell and Stonewall. WBTV is working to determine if the groups are the same or separate.

Live streaming video from people at the scene, Twitter feeds, and WBTV crews at the scene all confirm a very large police presence at all of the protests.

The protests also have a large number of spectators - many who look as though they came out of the nearby office buildings. They are taking pictures and video.

Officers did close in on some of the protesters at the political prisoners protest when their chants and speeches became inflammatory. Officers tightened the circle, but left the protesters with a way out - it was not a completely closed circle. One person was observed being taken into custody.

WBTV also has a crew at a separate Planned Parenthood protest taking place at 5th Street and College. We will update that story separately.

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