Fourteen people were arrested at the North Carolina Legislative Building after sitting in House Speaker Thom Tillis' office for nearly 11 hours.
The group is a part of the NAACP-led weekly "Moral Monday" demonstrations and were removed from Tillis' office Wednesday morning, handcuffed with plastic zip-ties and led out of the building one by one, escorted by General Assembly police.
General Assembly Lieutenant Martin Brock says all 14 will be charged with 2nd degree trespassing and violation of building rules.
Police asked the protesters to leave and warned them they would be arrested eight times, after the building closed Tuesday night at 9pm, 30 minutes after the last legislative meeting.
The group stayed to meet with Tillis, the Republican Senate nominee, to ask for repeals of GOP policies.
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A dozen demonstrators opposed to Republican policies adopted by the North Carolina legislature are sitting on the floor in the office of House Speaker Thom Tillis in acts of civil disobedience.
General Assembly police hadn't arrested the protesters by late Tuesday afternoon and said the demonstrators were free to leave, but they had refused after more than an hour. Tillis is the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate this year.
The Rev. William Barber of the North Carolina NAACP says demonstrators included clergy members and fast-food workers seeking repeals to GOP-approved laws that refused Medicaid expansion and scaled back unemployment insurance, among others.
The demonstrators also sang and prayed as nearly 200 people connected to the "Moral Monday" movement visited the legislative complex to lobby lawmakers.
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