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Five protesters arrested at Legislative Building

Posted May 3, 2011
Updated May 4, 2011

— General Assembly police charged five people who they say created a disturbance in the House gallery Tuesday night as lawmakers debated the budget for North Carolina state government.

House Speaker Thom Tillis initially warned the crowd watching overhead when they clapped in favor of comments about the budget by a Democratic member.

Seth Keel, a spokesman for a group called the North Carolina Defend Education Coalition, said five members of the group were arrested.

He said that as the House prepared to vote on the budget, four protesters – Monserrat Alvarez, 19, Raul Jimenez, Zan Caldwell and Luis Rangel – started chanting and unfurled a banner. Andy Koch was also arrested when "he tried to document their arrest," said Keel, who wasn't detained.

Police said five people were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.


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  • gunny462 May 4, 2011

    Amazing, from reading most of these comments, how can 'people' forget how the dems got us in this mess in the first place. Remember the last 100 years of dem control? doesn't that ring any more bells for ya? geesh!

  • gunny462 May 4, 2011

    "What next, when the crowds get bigger? Orders to fire? May 4th, 1970.....lest we forget. SARCASTICLES"

    No, order by the democratic gov to have all LEOs stand down and let the 'protesters' vandalize our capital building for the tune of $300k

  • SARCASTICLES May 4, 2011

    What next, when the crowds get bigger? Orders to fire? May 4th, 1970.....lest we forget. ;(

  • SARCASTICLES May 4, 2011

    "In times of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act" ;)

  • tdouble232323 May 4, 2011

    Anyone seen the salaries of the NCAE staff and the political donations? What a joke of a organization!

  • WRALgolo2.1 May 4, 2011

    Its not trampling on a voice of decention, these people are just trying to get their 15 minutes of fame and created a disruption after they were warned.

    There are ways to go about voicing concerns and this is not it.

  • pbjbeach May 4, 2011


    I am personaly with you an i totaly agree with your statement on here as it pertains to the upcoming election cycle of 2012 for these repbulicans will be shown to the door after the next election cycle. since they have been in control of the nc house all they have done is to protect the special instrest the gun lobbyist the gun manfactures an the coporate instrest for they care not about the average working class citizen in this state an they have demonstrated it by the way that they have attack the state employees am any an all benefits package that they supposely had across this state have sought to demorilize the state workforce in the name of the privatizing the entire state workforce an turn every state job possibly over to the private coiporate instrest without any feeling for the state employees an their family members. they will feel the sting of the state employees voting power across this state come 20012 bye bye repbulcians hello democrats an dont let the

  • pbjbeach May 4, 2011

    This is the exact way that the nazi's handled any decenting voice before an during the second world war an these repbulican memebr of the nc house are acting an handling any form of decesion with an in the same manner for they know not or care not to openly discuss or debat any issues but to mearly use the powwers of their office to put down any decesing voice to anything that they want ot do to give everything to the coporate an the speciall instrest across this state an not allow the citizens of this state voices to be heard thank you

  • bill0 May 4, 2011

    "North Carolina Association of Educators = pseudo teachers union."

    You obviously don't have any idea what a union is. It isn't just a group of people. It is a legal arrangement where the union can enter into a bargaining agreement on the members behalf to negotiate salary, benefits, working conditions etc. All of those things are illegal in NC for public sector employees.

  • bill0 May 4, 2011

    "The politicians (well, legislators and school board) are responsible for the lump sum, not micro managing how it's spent. "

    Wrong. The school board (elected officials) vote on a line item budget for the school district. They do not just hand over a lump sum. Wake County's school budget that Tata proposed was hundreds of pages long. It lists how much is going to be spent on everything from teacher's salaries to copy paper.