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‘Occupy Charlotte’ Kicks Out Leader Credited With Creating Group

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"Occupy Charlotte" has excommunicated a man credited with starting the local movement. (credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

“Occupy Charlotte” has excommunicated a man credited with starting the local movement. (credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

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CHARLOTTE (CBS Charlotte) — “Occupy Charlotte” protesters have carried out an official coup within the group.

Thomas Shope, 47, credited with helping to organize “Occupy Charlotte,” was exiled from the group for claiming leadership.

A YouTube video broadcasts the group’s reasoning with an automated voice speaking over classical piano.

“Some of your actions have compromised the reputation, motivation and unity of the protesters of the ‘Occupy Charlotte’ movement,” it starts.

It went on to accuse him of posing as a person of power who positioned the local movement to invite ridicule.

“Occupy Charlotte,” like its counterparts in cities around the world, governs itself with a lateral democracy and voted him out.

So Shope shut down the Twitter profile and website’s domain for “Occupy Charlotte.” The movement now has several Twitter accounts and Facebook pages that broadcast muddled and conflicting messages.

“They’re a rogue group of kids,” Shope told CBS Charlotte. “They did anything a child can come up with to get people from the group on their side.”

Save a porta-potty problem, “Occupy Charlotte” has been lauded so far as being peaceful, respectful of city laws and cooperative with police.

According to Shope, the local movement is tripping over its own feet on the path to systematic change.

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