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1,400 protest in sixth ‘Moral Monday’ rally; 60 arrested

The NAACP has been holding weekly protests in Raleigh since mid-April. The protesters’ complaints range from cuts to social programs to the proposed repeal of a law intended to take racial bias out of capital punishment. (File image from a previous “Moral Monday” protest)

RALEIGH, N.C. — About 60 people were arrested Monday in the Legislative Building during an NAACP-sponsored protest against the GOP-led legislature and policies of Republican Gov. Pat McCrory.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that the arrests came during the sixth Moral Monday rally at the General Assembly.

Before the arrests, more than 1,400 people demonstrated at the Halifax Mall behind the Legislative Building, holding hands, singing religious songs and praying.

The demonstrators included clergy members, union members and teachers.

The demonstration followed a 26-stop tour across North Carolina last week during which NAACP officials drummed up public support for Monday’s rally.

The demonstrators protested against the repeal of the Racial Justice Act, tax reform, proposed cuts to public education and the ending of unemployment benefits to about 70,000 state residents.

After that demonstration, several dozen protesters gathered in front of the entrance to the N.C. Senate chambers.

They stood there for 30 minutes singing hymns and praying before Jeff Weaver, the chief of General Assembly police, asked them to leave the Senate entrance.

Read full story: The Winston-Salem Journal

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