Protesters peacefully leave Marshall Park

Protesters peacefully leave Marshall Park

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by TONY BURBECK / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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WCNC.com

Posted on September 7, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 7 at 5:53 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Protestors camping out during the Democratic National Convention have left Marshall Park in uptown Charlotte. 

Dozens camped there during the last week.

Friday, they spent the day packing up, cleaning up and reflecting on a week's worth of action.

Now, they are on their way to the next state, next cause or rally.  Some are heading back to work and back to school.

"There are a few people still trying to find rides to their next destination," said protestor Bret Morse.

Leaving was peaceful.

Park and rec crews were on standby waiting for protestors to leave so they could clean up, but but also got a lot of help.

"We've been picking up and doing a pretty good job of it. I've been helping pick up cigarette butts out of the grass," said protestor Michael Amato.

Protestors say the feeling while leaving is a sense of pride and accomplishment.

They came to be heard and seen.  During the DNC, you couldn't help but hear and see them.

"We got educated. I wouldn't say we conquered, but we're learning how to conquer, so as long as you keep networking and keep fighting, a small ax will cut down a big tree," Morse said.

"We got a few messages across to people and even if we change one person's mind and made one person think differently, then to me it was a success because it's one person who will be thinking about it more," Amato said.

Officials say protestors did not destroy or damage park property.

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