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Night march winds uptown under police guard

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Protesters escorted by police marched from uptown Charlotte’s Marshall Park Wednesday night as the Democratic National Convention continued a few blocks away.

About 75 marchers left the park after 9 p.m. on the same route they used Tuesday night, flowing up Stonewall Street, past Bank of America Stadium and onto Graham Street.

Marchers chanted anti-Obama slogans and “DNC is meaningless.”

The two-hour march appeared more relaxed than the Tuesday night march, in which protesters engaged in a tense standoff with police at Tryon Street.

But lines of police officers more closely hemmed in marching protesters Wednesday night, limiting them to one lane of the streets. Spectators watched from the sidewalks, some heckling the protesters.

The procession stopped on Tryon Street between Third and Fourth streets. Some protesters sat in the street while others denounced former President Bill Clinton, who was addressing the convention at that time.

“I think it’s gotten people’s attention,” said marcher Serendipiti Clark, 21. “The difference we’re making is that we’re getting people informed.”

The march ended at about 11:30 p.m. with no violence or arrests as marchers walked back down Stonewall to Marshall Park.

Occupy Charlotte member Jason Dow, 26, said media attention has helped protesters get their message out.

“I personally would just like to go out and talk to people,” he said. “They see us and hear us out here, but there’s no conversation and I’m sure the police lines between us doesn’t help.”

The night march followed a day of uptown protests on the convention’s second day at Duke Energy’s headquarters, and on abortion.

Fred Clasen-Kelly contributed.

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