Possibly as many as 50 arrested at General Assembly

May. 13, 2013 @ 08:11 PM

The third straight week of NAACP protests has produced the highest arrest count yet at the North Carolina General Assembly.

Dozens were arrested Monday outside the Senate chambers in protests targeting the Republican-held legislature. An official count isn't yet available, but the group topped last week's 30 arrests by about 20 people, according to observations of the arrests and first-hand accounts.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and other activists say the agenda on social programs, voting rights, labor and other areas disproportionately hurts the poor and minorities.

What North Carolina chapter president the Rev. William Barber is now calling "Moral Mondays" will continue indefinitely. He says the demonstrations are part of a wider strategy that includes legal action and political organizing.