Another 10 people opposed to Republican state government policies have been arrested at the North Carolina Legislative Building.
The demonstrators were led away Wednesday in plastic handcuffs by legislative police. General Assembly Police Chief Jeff Weaver says those arrested would be charged with second-degree trespassing. The protesters remained in the building after its posted 5 p.m. closing time.
The demonstrators are associated with the "Moral Monday" movement that's been holding regular rallies against GOP actions since 2013, leading to 1,000 arrests.
Those arrested Wednesday called attention to their effort to ask the legislature to place a statewide referendum on the ballot to raise the minimum wage from the current $7.25 per hour. GOP leaders have expressed no interest in doing so.