Downtown Charlotte (image credit Davis Turner/Getty)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The city of Charlotte has designated protest areas for the Democratic National Convention that will keep marchers at least two blocks away from the site.
The city released a protest route Monday that is clear of where President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak at Bank of America Stadium but comes within two blocks of the main convention site at Time Warner Arena.
A route of just over a mile has been set aside for protesters who also get an organizing area at Pearl Street Park. Anti-Democrat activists say the routes do not get them close enough for their message to be heard.
City officials hope the protests will be peaceful but are preparing for potential violence similar to what was seen at the recent NATO conference in Chicago.