5 arrested as hundreds protest outside of North Carolina Governor’s mansion

Duke student Sydney Roberts shouts during a protest against House Bill 2 Thursday, March 24, 2016, outside of the Governor's Mansion on North Blount Street in downtown Raleigh, N.C. (Jill Knight/The News & Observer via AP)

Five people were arrested outside of the North Carolina governor’s mansion Thursday night as hundreds rallied to protest a new law that overturns all statewide nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people. The five were arrested for impeding the flow of traffic and with resisting, delaying or obstructing officers according to WRAL News, after they chained themselves together and refused to disperse.

Jade Brooks, 30, Jessica Jude, 27, Salma Mirza, 28, Noah Rubin-Blose, 32, and Ngoc Tran, 20, were arrested and released based on a written promise to appear in court.

The new law prohibits local communities from passing human rights ordinances that go further than the state version, thereby overturning all local nondiscrimination protections that include LGBTQ people and veterans. The legislature rushed the bill through a special session after Charlotte passed an ordinance that included protections for transgender people and the Governor signed it within hours.

“All of these people are angry. They are upset,” said Micky Bee of the Transgender Law Center told the station. “They have been left out of the democratic process.”

“Our communities are strong, our communities are resilient, and our communities want solutions that include them. This is hate and bigotry.”

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