Groups to hold pre-Democratic convention protest

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Charlotte has given permission to a
coalition to hold a major protest the weekend before the Democratic
National Convention.
The long-awaited permits are being issued after the Coalition to
March on Wall Street South collected petitions with more than 1,000
names demanding that the North Carolina city approve the Sept. 2
protest. The petitions were handed to city leaders this week.
Coalition spokesman Ben Carroll said Wednesday that organizers
have been pressuring the city since filing the permit paperwork
eight months ago. The coalition plans to protest economic policies
that hurt working families.
He called it a victory but says the groups still want Charlotte
to take other measures, including repealing a new ordinance that
tightens security during so-called extraordinary events.
The convention is being held Sept. 4-6.

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