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CHRIS KARDISH
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The leader of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP says his group will continue its series of weekly protests on Monday at the state legislature.

The Rev. William Barber said Thursday that nonviolent demonstrations that have resulted in nearly 50 arrests will continue, though he wouldn’t say for how long. He said supporters want him to continue the “Moral Mondays” protests as long as necessary.

Thirty people were arrested last Monday, a week after 17 protesters were taken into custody.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and other activists say the Republican supermajorities in the legislature are backing a regressive agenda that disproportionately hurts poor and minority residents.

House Speaker Pro Tem Paul Stam of Apex dismissed the protests in an interview Thursday.

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