17 arrested for legislature protest free on bond

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — All 17 people arrested by North Carolina General Assembly police during a protest against Republican policies have been released on bond.

The state chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People led the nonviolent demonstration Monday. Demonstrators prayed and sang songs of protest outside the Senate chambers.

General Assembly Police Chief Jeff Weaver said all protestors were charged with several misdemeanors. A log released by the Wake County Sheriff's Office shows every protestor was released on $1,000 bond by early Tuesday.

Among those arrested were state NAACP leader the Rev. William Barber and Duke University professor Timothy Tyson.

Demonstrators directed their outrage at Republican action on Medicaid expansion, unemployment benefits, education and voting rights. A law requiring voter identification at the polls passed the House last week.

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