RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Law enforcement started making arrests Monday evening after hundreds of HB2 protesters moved inside the Legislative building.
A crowd of around 350 gathered between the Legislative Building and the Capitol building before moving inside the Legislature just before 5 p.m.
The Raleigh Police were seen arresting demonstrators around 5:20 p.m. As of 5:40 p.m., 11 people had been arrested and trespassing and violating building rules.
Rev. William Barber of the North Carolina NAACP spoke to the crowd outside, describing the law as “Hate Bill Two” and called for its repeal.
“We know our history. That’s why the black community stands with the LGBT community,” Barber said. “Forward together, not one step back.”
Demonstrators said HB2 doesn’t protect women and hurts the LGBT community.
HB2 has been the centerpiece of controversy since Gov. Pay McCrory signed it into law 54 days ago.
A similar rally three weeks ago at the opening of the General Assembly’s annual work session ended with the arrests of more than 50 people inside the Legislative Building.
Authorities say those arrested refused to leave the building or Speaker Tim Moore’s office in protest of the law.