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    Posted July 30, 2013 by
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    10,000 North Carolinians protest GOP in capitol on #MoralMonday


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     reneeg20 was among the protesters demonstrating for increased education support and against a recent restrictive abortion law in North Carolina. Organizers of the "Moral Monday" protests, as they've been termed, estimated attendance at 10,000, while local police estimated around 2,500. "The GOP likes to say that the 12 consecutive weeks of Moral Mondays has been a handful of 'outside agitators,' but I was there," said reneeg20. "Last night, I saw thousands of native North Carolinians peacefully and respectfully protesting their government. Hundreds have volunteered to be arrested over the weeks...I saw clergy, elderly, parents pushing baby carriages, a crowd whose faces reflect the state of North Carolina."
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    As Governor Pat McCrory signed into law the most restrictive voter registration law in the country and sweeping new abortion provider restrictions that will close all but one clinic in the state, 10,000 protestors marched to the capitol in opposition. The GOP paints the protestors as a handful of "outside agitators" but the pictures show otherwise-- these are mothers, fathers, grandparents and children.

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