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11 'Moral Monday' protesters cited for sit-in at NC Capitol

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Nearly a dozen people stage a sit-in in the state Capitol building, which houses the office of Gov. Pat McCrory. (Beau Minnick, WNCN) Nearly a dozen people stage a sit-in in the state Capitol building, which houses the office of Gov. Pat McCrory. (Beau Minnick, WNCN)
Led by the Rev. William Barber, Moral Monday protesters gather outside the North Carolina Legislative Building. (Beau Minnick, WNCN) Led by the Rev. William Barber, Moral Monday protesters gather outside the North Carolina Legislative Building. (Beau Minnick, WNCN)
RALEIGH, N.C. -

Nearly a dozen Moral Monday protesters were cited Monday after they refused to leave North Carolina's state Capitol building until Gov. Pat McCrory repealed legislation enacted by the Republican-led General Assembly.

Eleven demonstrators were cited for misdemeanor trespassing after they refused to leave the locked Capitol building Monday evening. The Capitol building closes daily at 5 p.m.; the protesters entered the building, which houses McCrory's office, around 4:30 p.m.

The act came just a week after 14 people were arrested at 1:45 a.m. on May 28 when the refused to leave House speaker Thom Tillis' office.

"It hurt," said Crystal Price, who was arrested last week. "But I had to make a stand somehow. And if I had to get arrested, so be it."

The protesters staged their latest sit-in after they were unable to deliver a letter to McCrory. They were calling on the governor to expand Medicaid and repeal policies set forth by the Republican-led General Assembly.

A second rally of Moral Monday protesters also gathered behind the Legislative Building in opposition to fracking as well as in support of Medicaid expansion.

"I think that our message is loud and clear," Dr. Susan Eder said. "I'm not sure that they listen, and I think that is a serious problem. As a psychiatrist, my job is listening. I listen to people that I don't always agree with, but I listen.

"This legislature does not listen."

Demonstrators wanted to enter the Legislative Building, but the doors were locked.

Coinciding with the Moral Monday demonstration, conservative group Carolina Rising staged a counter-protest outside the General Assembly. Representatives from the group were joined by its mascot, a large sun, in handing out sun-shaped stress balls that read, "Jobs up, unemployment down."

Carolina Rising said it wanted to bring a ray of sunshine to the Moral Monday protesters.

This was the third week of Moral Monday protests for the legislative short session that began in May.

During the first week, protesters entered the General Assembly with their mouths taped in opposition to new rules enacted by the legislature that prohibit actions deemed to "disturb, or create an imminent disturbance."

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