CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Activists from the Occupy Wall Street movement took to the streets for one final evening of demonstrations as President Barack Obama accepted the Democratic Party nomination for a second term Thursday evening.
Protesters — encircled by their police escort, with a helicopter overhead — ended the evening by burning copies of the presidential oath of office while backed up against the cage of Charlotte’s temporarily designated “free speech zone” on the edge of the downtown area.
The act was in protest to Obama’s presidency, and those of his predecessors. The protesters were not allowed to enter the Democratic National Convention.
Prior to the torching, two protesters at the head of the crowd donned masks — one of Republican nominee Mitt Romney, the other of Obama.
Other acts during the three-hour protest included the use of a projector to display messages against the outside walls of various buildings along the parade route. One of the messages read, “Fuck the DNC, Fuck the RNC.”
Protesters also wielded numerous anti-capitalist signs and chanted slogans.
The evening concluded two weeks of protests which began in Tampa, Fla., outside the Republican National Convention.
Videography by Grae Stafford