Legislators return amid chaos inside, outside of chamber

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT) – Protests outside and inside of North Carolina’s General Assembly led to about a dozen arrests early Monday night.

Hundreds of people for and against House Bill 2 showed up in downtown Raleigh on the first day of a new session for the General Assembly.

The first arrests came just before 7 o’clock Monday night, with law enforcement leading protesters out of the building with zip ties around their wrists. Among those arrested was Mara Keisling, activist and founding executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality.  Law enforcement says every person who was zip tied and taken out of the General Assembly was arrested, although they aren’t sure at this time what exact charges those individuals will face.

State lawmakers were ushered out after adjourning for the evening.  Police said there were around 1,200 anti-HB2 demonstrators at the height of the protest.

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