NC NAACP President, others arrested at General Assembly

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RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina NAACP President William Barber and a dozen others, including a woman in a wheelchair, were arrested Monday evening during a protest at the General Assembly, WTVD reports.

The group had planned a nonviolent protest against the Republican-led General Assembly.

Barber said earlier that he would enter the General Assembly building with religious leaders, students and others to stage a protest with prayer. According to WTVD, the group started with a rally at the Davies Street Presbyterian Church.

The protest was directed at Republican action on health care, unemployment benefits, education and voting rights. The House passed a bill last week requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls, which the NAACP views as a poll tax.

Barber said at a church service Sunday that he takes no pleasure in getting arrested but views protest as a justified action mirroring the fights of the 1960s.

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