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More than 100 arrested as 'Moral Monday' demonstrations grow

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

Around 1,600 demonstrators gathered outside the North Carolina General Assembly Monday for a mass pray-in, sing-in and teach-in against what demonstrators call "the extreme agenda of the state leadership."

The North Carolina chapter of the NAACP returned to the North Carolina General Assembly, continuing its "Moral Monday" push to protest moves by the Republican-led legislature.

The civil rights group resumed its weekly demonstrations Monday after taking last week to hold a statewide tour with public events.

"I'm very hopeful that we the people can make some real changes happen," said Adam Sotak.

More than 100 people were arrested, police said, adding to the more than 150 people arrested so far during previous Moral Monday demonstrations.

Hundreds more waited outside to cheer on those arrested as they were transported to a detention facility.

With Moral Monday, liberal groups are hoping to drum up support in the long-term, William Peace University Professor David McLennan says.

"I'm not sure it's going to make any difference in terms of policy this term," McLennan said. "I think what they're looking forward to is next year -- next year being an election year -- is to keep the base fired up."

Monday's demonstrations were scheduled to touch on the importance of support for public education and voting rights.

"I was hoping that I could be a small part in creating a spark and bringing more attention to the issues that are happening," Sotak said.

The North Carolina Democratic Party has spoken out in support of Moral Monday, saying Republican legislators are "dragging" North Carolina "back into the 19th Century."

"The North Carolina Democratic Party encourages Democrats to go to the N.C. General Assembly in Raleigh to support Moral Mondays," the party said in a statement.

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