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7 arrested, 2 people hospitalized in demonstrations at Republican convention

7 arrested, 2 people hospitalized in demonstrations at Republican convention
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At least seven people were arrested and two were hospitalized during protests in Charlotte, N.C., following the Republican National Convention on Monday evening, according to a police report.

Protesters reportedly began gathering Monday afternoon at an event titled "Resist RNC 2020" held in Marshall Park. Later, the gathering turned into a group of more than 100 people marching from the park about 9 p.m.

The march remained peaceful until police attempted to disperse crowds around a burning object, which the The Charlotte Observer later reported appeared to be an American flag.

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Law enforcement used pepper spray against demonstrators and made several arrests after a crowd formed around the flag in the street after 10 p.m., just hours after delegates re-nominated President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Albany Times Union editorial board calls for Cuomo's resignation Advocates warn restrictive voting bills could end Georgia's record turnout MORE as the Republican candidate for the upcoming presidential election, The Associated Press reported.

The AP also reported a video uploaded on Twitter depicts police using bikes to knock down demonstrators, with one woman getting her legs run over.

Protests of the Republican National Convention have taken place since Friday. 

Demonstrators at the protests showed support of the Black Lives Matter movement, calling for defunding the police and ending systemic racism.

Police brutality and racial injustice continue to be at forefront of national debate following the deaths of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis., and Trayford Pellerin in Lafayette, La. — two Black men who were shot by police. 

The protests follow the death of George Floyd in May, an unarmed Black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck.