5 protesters arrested in Charlotte ahead of Republican convention

Five protesters were arrested in Charlotte, N.C., on Saturday evening amid protests in the city against the Republican National Convention.

The Associated Press reported that demonstrators were arrested on a variety of protest-related charges as the demonstrations continued for a second night in the city where GOP officials will meet this week to officially nominate President TrumpDonald TrumpNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 MORE for reelection.

One person was reportedly arrested for possession of a weapon at a protest after officers found a firearm in their possession. At least three others were arrested for assaulting police and refusing lawful orders, authorities said.


Pepper spray was used in several instances, according to police, including one incident in which a protester allegedly approached police threateningly while brandishing a pipe.

Demonstrators were heard chanting "No RNC in CLT," using an acronym to refer to the city, as well as repeating "Black Lives Matter."

Several people were also arrested during Friday's protests, according to the AP.

GOP figures are not scheduled to speak from the city directly due to ongoing concerns across the country about the spread of COVID-19 and will instead deliver addresses remotely. Trump plans to accept the nomination on Thursday at the White House.