House protestors arrested

Posted May 4, 2011

The House's budget debate this afternoon will most likely be dramatic, but probably less so than Tuesday night's debate. 

Five student activists were arrested Tuesday night after staging a protest during the final floor speeches on H200.  The five – Monserrat Alvarez, Raul Jimenez, Zan Caldwell, Luis Rangel, and Andy Koch – were taken to the Wake County jail and charged with disorderly conduct. 

Friends of the five said they were with the "North Carolina Defend Education Coalition."  But most are also members of NC HEAT, a group that has staged protests against the Wake County School Board in recent months. XGR Chamber protest House budget vote protest  

A woman who was with the students seemed surprised that the five were arrested. She said she was a "teacher who works with the group," but would not give her name.  On the NC HEAT website, she's identified as "Carly."  

At the time, the gallery was full of teachers and educators who were not involved in the protest. Most had come from an afternoon rally across the street. 

Watch  the short video of the protest at right.


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  • 1 awesome Dad May 9, 2011

    It is a shame we cant all of the people whose unemployment benefits to go to Phil Berger's office and ask him why he wont allow the bill to be voted on to to restore benefits back to these taxpayers.

  • stanmak May 5, 2011

    good she needs to be outed for the work she does. i wouldnt want that lady teaching my kids if she supports nc fist. these "kids" think che guevara is cool and an idol. if this lady got near any child of mine she would be sorry.

  • ts807 May 5, 2011

    If the woman from NC HEAT wanted not to be identified, why did you identify her? Even a first name can make her identifiable.

  • stanmak May 5, 2011

    was LL in there??