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Judge allows NAACP protest on Capitol grounds

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Protesters have continued their series of rallies against the policies approved by the Republican-controlled North Carolina legislature with a march on the state Capitol.
    
Monday's march in the rain came after a judge granted permission to the NAACP to hold the rally on the state Capitol grounds.They're trying to pressure Gov. Pat McCrory to convene a special session on Medicaid and unemployment benefits.

"These people call themselves prolife, but they're not," said protester Leslie Boyd. "Expanding Medicaid is prolife. Leaving 500,000 people vulnerable to death is not."

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

"We want to send a shock wave through this state," state NAACP president the Rev. William Barber told the crowd he estimated at about 1,500 people. "If you thought we fought in 2013, you ought to see how we fight in an election year."
    
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 if 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, Governor 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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