The Washington Post reported:
-Four people were arrested Wednesday as they tried to force their way into the annual Bank of America shareholders’ meeting in Charlotte. Police used a new ordinance to declare the gathering an extraordinary event subject to special restrictions.
Hundreds of people gathered on the streets as dozens of police officers worked to contain the protest.
Inside the auditorium at the company’s headquarters, the protests continued. Shareholder after shareholder took the microphone to berate the bank for its handling of foreclosures, its investments in payday lenders, and also investments in the coal industry.
On stage, CEO Brian Moynihan’s attempts at sidestepping hard questions or deflecting answers were met with loud jeers. Attendees shouted “amen” after anti-Bank of America statements were made other shareholders.
Some occupiers attempted a mic check before they were unceremoniously booted out.
One character didn’t make it to the big protest, but he stood vigil outside a B of A near Crabtree Mall, where, for some reason, he has been banned…
“I didn’t make it to Charlotte Bank of America Shareholders protest but here is an example of something you can do with recycled elections signs. Passage of Amendment One in N.C. is upsetting, but don’t mourn–organize! Instructions in video!
(I was dressed for court as I had just appeared before judge to begin to face charges against me for speaking to shoppers at the mall on Black Friday. I am hoping the court may decide that privately owned malls are public enough to require they respect 1st Amendment rights (i.e. Pruneyard decision.) Otherwise they might just move banks and other controversial businesses to center of mall so they can better stifle protest until all of America is one giant mall owned by Arab Oil Sheiks (kinda like Crabtree Valley is.)”