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Judge allows NAACP protest on Capitol grounds

RALEIGH A judge has granted permission to the NAACP to rally at the State Capitol and continue its series of protests against policies approved by the Republican-led North Carolina legislature.

Protesters marched in the rain following the judge’s ruling.

The state NAACP chapter and allied groups planned the Monday rally as part of the latest round of protests that led to the arrest of hundreds of protesters. They’re trying to pressure Gov. Pat McCrory to convene a special legislative session on Medicaid and unemployment benefits.

The demonstration was originally scheduled for the mall behind the Legislative Building before the NAACP went to court seeking to change the location.

Judge Allen Baddour questioned why the permit application asked what a group plans to do on the Capitol grounds, saying it suggests that the state’s decision would be based on what type of activity is planned.

Special Deputy Attorney General Don Teeter said officials only want to know whether extra police or fire protection will be needed.

McCrory spokesman Rick Martinez criticized the protesters. “These are the same left-wing political groups that are wanting to keep the failed policies of the past that put people out of work,” Martinez said.

“Instead, Gov. McCrory is working to strengthen the economy so more North Carolinians can earn a paycheck instead of hoping for a government check,” he said.

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