The Huffington Post has a story on the Occupy Movement’s plans for the DNC Convention in Charlotte next year:
Occupy Asheville’s Martin Ramsey said of the DNC, “We are aware of it and we are going to do something.” He’s just not sure yet what that will be. Ramsey said he’s also watching Charlotte’s ordinance issue closely: “This type of lawfare is to be expected.” Between the state’s anti-union stance and playing home to Bank of America’s headquarters, Ramsey expects the DNC here will be “a powder keg.” The city, he said, “has got a big target on it.”
That the city will be a target of direct action by the Occupy Movement has been a concern since the Movement began in October. New York Magazine ran a headline article earlier this year asking if 2012=1968?, 1968 being the year of the famous anti-Vietnam war protests in Chicago that included large scale rioting and violent confrontations with the police. The Charlotte Town Council is currently considering an ordinance that would ban tents and other popular protest tools such as padlocks from public property. All of this will surely mean even more increased security for the DNC Convention and more inconvenience for Charlotte residents. Recent reports in the Charlotte Observer have suggested that security for the Convention will cost as much as $50 million (with most of the cost being picked up by a federal grant) and include up to 5000 officers.