HB2 protest shuts down intersection in uptown Charlotte

Published: Apr. 14, 2016 at 2:30 AM EDT|Updated: May. 14, 2016 at 2:43 AM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Dozens of protesters spoke out in uptown Charlotte Wednesday night about North Carolina's House Bill 2.

HB2 repealed Charlotte's non-discrimination ordinance, which was passed in February.

The QTPOC (Queer and Trans People of Color) Collective organized Wednesday's rally. The protest started at First Ward Park in Uptown. The group then marched through the streets of Uptown and stopped at the intersection of Trade and Tryon Streets.

The protesters circled the intersection. Some of them even laid down in the middle of the road. Many of the demonstrators carried signs calling for the repeal of HB2.

"We're not trying to ruin your day. We're just trying to get the basic human rights everybody else has," said protester Shane Hicks.

Hicks said he and some of his friends traveled from Greensboro to be part of the event.

The protest kept the intersection closed for nearly an hour as police officers diverted traffic away from the area. Shortly before 7:30 p.m., the officers told the group they needed to leave or they would be subject to arrest.

The group promptly marched back through the street towards First Ward Park, chanting during most of the trek. CMPD officers accompanied the crowd, continuing to keep traffic away from the moving demonstration.

Protesters told WBTV they felt like they got their message across with the march.

"The rest of the nation is wondering how this is happening in North Carolina. This can't happen here. It just cannot and we're going to make sure it doesn't," said Gloria Merriweather, a QTPOC representative.

WBTV did not notice any counter-protesters during the demonstration Wednesday.

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