Charlotte holds lottery to decide which groups can protest DNC

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The city of Charlotte is holding a lottery to decide which groups can protest against September’s Democratic National Convention and when.

The Charlotte Observer reports that Monday’s lottery will randomly assign times during the DNC to participate in the designated parade route and speakers platform. The lottery, which is open to the public, is being held in the meeting chamber of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center.

The lottery is part of a series of ordinances Charlotte officials adopted this year to control events around the convention that will nominate President Barack Obama as the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate for a second time.

Another ordinance forbids protesters from carrying items such as box cutters, pepper spray, body armor and gas masks.
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