10 arrested including NAACP president in legislative protest
BY JOHN MORITZ
The Associated Press
RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The state NAACP president and nine others have been arrested as they protested North Carolina’s voter identification law inside the legislative building.
The arrests happened Wednesday afternoon after lawmakers complained the noise was too loud to conduct business.
Demonstrators want the General Assembly to repeal a 2013 law which cut the early voting period by one week and requires most voters to have state photo identification.
General Assembly Police Lt. Martin Brock says North Carolina NAACP President William Barber and the others are expected to face charges including trespassing, building violations and fire code violations.
The demonstration was part of a series of “Moral Monday” rallies which have resulted in the arrests of at least 1,000 protesters since 2013.
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