Protesters march through Charlotte, NC and taunt police late night on Monday, September 3, 2012 before the official start of the Democratic National Convention. Photo by JASON E. MICZEK – Special to the Observer

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About 100 protesters blocked several uptown Charlotte streets late Monday in an impromptu march that signaled the first significant disturbance of the Democratic National Convention.

One member of the group called it a “test” of police, who vastly outnumbered the marchers.

No arrests were reported.

The group apparently left the Occupy Charlotte camp in Marshall Park about 11 p.m., walking north on McDowell Street and later on Davidson Street. The protesters turned on 11th Street before marching down McDowell Street and ending back at the camp around 12:10 a.m. Tuesday.

A large force of bicycle-riding officers quickly surrounded the protesters, keeping them on the streets but preventing them from walking down some residential roads on the northeast side of uptown.


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