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Opposition voiced against Charlotte protest rules

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Some opponents of protest-limiting ordinances in Charlotte got a police response for overstaying their turn at a microphone.

Police removed two people from a public hearing about the changes proposed ahead of September’s Democratic National Convention after they kept talking beyond their three-minute limit.

Nearly 30 members of the Occupy Charlotte movement spoke against the ordinances at the council meeting Monday.

One change would ban camping on city property, forcing Occupy protesters to remove their tents from Charlotte’s old City Hall.

Council members also are considering crowd-control ordinances, including one that forbids wearing masks or scarves if they can hide a person’s identity. Another bans demonstrators from carrying a backpack, duffle bag, or cooler if the aim is concealing weapons.

The ACLU says police are getting too much leeway.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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