North Carolina police arrested dozens of activists—including the Rev. William Barber—Tuesday as they rallied for Medicaid expansion and in support of Obamacare.
With zip-ties on their wrists, the Rev. William Barber and 31 other protesters were led away by police as supporters continued protest chants in support of health care for all.
Before Tuesday’s arrests, a group comprising doctors, health care workers, clergy and others marched through the hallways and gathered near the offices of House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger, where other protesters sat outside. Police also arrested some protesters who had entered Brunswick County Republican Sen. Bill Rabon’s office.
Marched through hallways and gathered near offices, eh? Sounds terrifying and downright criminal.
“We never come to get arrested,” Barber told the media. “But what we do come to do is exercise our constitutional right.”
North Carolina’s Republican state legislators are definitely not interested in expanding Medicaid, and besides, they have too much on their plates coming up with new ways to be sure Democrats can’t vote.