73 More Arrests of North Carolina Legislative Protesters Brings Total Arrests Near 1,000

More than 70 protesters were taken to jail during the weekly Moral Monday protests at the North Carolina General Assembly, bringing the total number arrested in the legislative session to 925.
July 24, 2013
 

More than 70 protesters were taken to jail during the weekly Moral Monday protests at the North Carolina General Assembly, bringing the total number arrested in the legislative session to 925.

In a change from past weeks, state House leaders moved their Monday night session to 4 p.m., three hours earlier than usual. That left the protesters massing shortly before 7 p.m. in the atrium outside the legislative chambers, singing and chanting in a largely empty building.

Though the schedule change had been announced last week, North Carolina NAACP President Rev. William Barber accused the Republican majority of trying to duck the protesters.

"You can run, but you can't hide," Barber chided lawmakers in addressing the crowd. "When we come here and they are here, they want to drag us out. Then when they knew the national TV was on them, they tucked their tails and ran."

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