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Several protesters plan to refuse bail after arrests during voter ID demonstration

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RALEIGH, North Carolina — The state NAACP president and nine others were arrested Wednesday evening during a demonstration against a North Carolina voter identification law inside the Legislative Building.

A spokeswoman for the Advancement Project, a group associated with the NAACP and the "Moral Monday" movement, said North Carolina NAACP President William Barber and three other protesters plan on refusing bail and will spend the night in jail.

General Assembly Police warned the protesters several times that lawmakers had complained that the noise made it difficult to conduct business within their chambers.

Demonstrators wanted the General Assembly to repeal a 2013 law which cut the early voting period by one week and requires most voters to have state photo identification.

Barber called the law "the ultimate attack on democracy," and "first and worst voter suppression law," since the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated parts of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Other states have passed similar laws.

Police Lt. Martin Brock said the protesters will be charged with trespassing and some will also be charged with violating building rules or fire code violations.

In a statement released before the demonstration, the state GOP called the demonstrators "radicals" supported by Hillary Clinton and state Democratic leaders. The GOP announced earlier this month that it will offer free rides to any North Carolinian who wishes to get state photo identification.

The North Carolina law is already heading to the federal court in Winston-Salem on a challenge by the state chapter of the NAACP. Protesters are planning a march through the city at the start of the trial July 13.

In past Moral Monday demonstrations, protesters have spoken out against GOP policies on education spending, the environment, the minimum wage and fracking. More than 1,000 protesters have been arrested since 2013.

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