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North Carolina protest against abortion bill ends with 64 arrests

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters) – North Carolina’s “Moral Monday” protesters, now in their tenth week, objected to a bill that could limit abortion access – the latest move to counter a conservative shift by the state’s first Republican-led government in more than a century.

The rally at the state capitol in Raleigh on Monday night was one of the largest since the protests began this spring, drawing about 2,000 people, including 64 protesters who refused to leave the legislative chambers and were arrested.

The protests have gained momentum since a few dozen people first rallied against the political shift to the right in a state that Barack Obama won in the 2008 presidential election but lost in 2012. Some 700 people have been arrested in acts of civil disobedience over issues ranging from natural gas drilling to school vouchers to voting rights.

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