Carrboro mayor among 150 arrested protesting North Carolina legislature

By David Edwards
Tuesday, June 4, 2013 10:14 EDT
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North Carolina NAACP president Rev. William Barber
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Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton was one of 151 people arrested at the North Carolina Legislative Building on Monday to protest what they said was an overreach by the Republican-controlled state government.

For weeks, protesters have been participating in civil disobedience as part of “Moral Mondays.”

North Carolina NAACP president Rev. William Barber told the crowd that the agenda of conservative lawmakers was being driven by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and billionaire brothers David Koch and Charles Koch.

Demonstrators expressed anger about legislative actions on education, voter rights, women’s rights, tax policies and immigration.

According to the News & Observer, over 300 have been arrested so far this year.

Police estimated that more than 1,000 attended Monday’s protest, an increase of about five times over previous demonstrations.

“This ain’t Wisconsin,” Barber said during the event. “This is the South, where justice was hammered out.”

Republicans in North Carolina have veto-proof majorities in both houses and control of the governor’s mansion for the first time in over 100 years.

Watch this video from WTVD, broadcast June 3, 2013.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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