RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The fourth week of protests led by the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP has ended in the arrests of more than 50 people at the state legislature.
The arrest count and number of supporters Monday reached the highest yet for the group's demonstrations against the policies of the General Assembly, which Republicans took control of after the 2010 elections. Crowds have grown each week, with about 150 people facing charges since the start of demonstrations.
The state chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the demonstrators are angry over cuts to social programs, education reforms, changes to voting laws and other issues championed by Republican lawmakers. The supporters and those arrested range in age, race and professional background.