Hundreds of protesters marched Sunday through the business district of Charlotte, N.C., ahead of the Democratic National Convention to protest corporate greed.
According to the Washington Post, the demonstrators had antiwar signs as well as those promoting unionized labor and the plight of undocumented immigrants. One read: “Bankrupting America” with a font and logo that mimicked Bank of America. Another declared: “Obama murders children with drones.”
The rally took participants past the corporate headquarters of Bank of America and a Wells Fargo location. The banks were two of the nation’s largest financial institutions and beneficiaries of the taxpayer-backed loans during the 2008 bailout. Both banks were also criticized for their role in the mortgage meltdown.
Hundreds of police officers walked along with the march, carrying gas masks, wooden batons, and plastic hand ties. Organizers had pledged that the march would be peaceful.
Before the march, the demonstrators gathered at a park on the outskirts of Charlotte’s Uptown business district. Speakers addressed the crowd from a stage in front of a banner that read “People power now.”
Official convention events begin Tuesday, but thousands of delegates, officials, protesters, and journalists began gathering over the weekend.
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