Protesting often means unexpected turns of events. This time, in the middle of an Occupy Wall Street march through Charlotte's business district on Tuesday, it was the weather — a torrent of rain that came from the sky without much warning.
Most in the group of about 50 headed underneath the covered alcove of a building directly across the street from the towering corporate headquarters of Bank of America, the city's highest skyscraper.
A hardy handful dashed out into the storm, dancing barefoot and whooping it up under a bronze statue of a bearded prospector that recalled the 19th-century North Carolina gold rush.
The cadre of heavily armed police officers assigned to monitor and escort the protesters stoically stood in the rain nearby, getting drenched and watching the spectacle.
After about five minutes, the rain quit as quickly as it had come. One dripping dancer turned to his sheltering cohorts.
"You can come out now," he said, smiling and shaking his head. "You won't melt!"
— Michael Biesecker — Twitter http://twitter.com/mbieseck
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