Hundreds block Chapel Hill street protesting House Bill 2

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) — Hundreds of protesters against House Bill 2 blocked traffic on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill on Tuesday.

Photo Courtesy: WNCN/Matthew Lenard
Photo Courtesy: WNCN/Matthew Lenard

Streets eventually were back to normal, but for a few hours Tuesday evening protesters were in control of the traffic.

Protesters say House Bill 2 is unfair to many in the LGBT community and say they will disrupt the public’s peace just like this bill disrupt’s theirs.

The bill came in response to an ordinance passed in Charlotte that would have allowed people to use a public restroom based on the gender with which they identify.

The protesters chanted and held up signs while rallying at the intersection of East Franklin Street and North Columbia Street. Later the protesters marched down Franklin Street, stopping traffic again.

For hours Tuesday evening the chants could be heard block from the protest…many people taking the microphone and voicing their opinions against what they say is a discriminatory bill.

The protesters also danced and jumped up and down during the chanting. Several posters held up by the protesters included foul language, including at least two that used the F-word about the bill and Governor McCrory.

At 8 p.m. protesters were prepared for police to break up the event and only a few stayed in the streets accepting their fate they might be arrested for their cause.

“I’m even more scared for the lives that will be met with violence because of this bill,” one person said.

However as the minutes ticked by, police stood by – which kept traffic at a standstill.

“I was driving through and got stuck here in traffic,” said Rob Sandefur .

Sandefur says he was on his way home when the protestors stopped his path…but he says he doesn’t mind waiting.

“It’s great to see students and people standing up for this it’s because I think it’s an injustice what they did in this state and embarrassment to the country,” Sandefur said.

Some people were stuck while still working.

Carol Lopez had to leave her bus parked right on the street.

“As long as it’s peaceful and legal I don’t’ mind,” she said.

After the protesters left the intersection, they marched down Franklin Street around 9:30 p.m.

There were no reports of arrests.

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