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5 arrested for protesting Republican National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

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Police have arrested five people in Charlotte, North Carolina, where protesters demonstrated against the Republican National Convention for a second night.

The arrests happened late Saturday after a group of demonstrators left a park and began to peacefully march throughout uptown Charlotte, police said in a statement Sunday.

Police used pepper spray after a demonstrator picked up a steel pipe that was being used for perimeter security fencing and aggressively approached officers, police said.

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One person was charged with possession of a weapon at a protest, when police seized a firearm after being alerted that a demonstrator riding a bicycle had a gun, authorities said.

Officers blocked off a street for safety when pepper spray was used on a demonstrator who assaulted an officer at about 11 p.m., police said. Three more people were arrested for assaulting officers and refusing to obey lawful orders, authorities said.

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The demonstrators’ chants included, “No RNC in CLT” and “Black Lives Matter.”

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As demonstrators continued marching in the streets, they were repeatedly observed placing objects like business signs, garbage cans, e-scooters and traffic cones in the roadway to impede traffic, police said.

Police also made several arrests Friday night, after a group of about 60 demonstrators marched throughout uptown Charlotte.

GOP officials in Charlotte are expected to vote to renominate President Donald Trump in a small in-person session Monday.

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