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Duke, Bank of America protests will test new city rules

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The banner that hung briefly from “Bank of Coal” stadium Wednesday was the first of upcoming protests that, four months before the Democratic National Convention, will test Charlotte’s ability to police waves of demonstrators.

Protesters will welcome Duke Energy shareholders at their annual meeting Thursday morning. Organizers say 1,000 activists will be on hand for Bank of America’s shareholder meeting next Wednesday. Another group vows to “occupy” a conservative legislative summit May 11.

Aimed at massive targets – the nation’s third-largest utility, the second-biggest consumer bank and the Obama administration – the protests will serve as a convention tuneup for police and for activists eager to probe the limits of a new city ordinance regulating such events.

Charlotte Observer
Bruce Henderson, Cleve R. Wootson Jr., and Steve Lyttle
Thursday, May 3, 2012

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