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Wilmington woman among hundreds arrested at "Moral Mondays" protest

Roberta Penn was part of a group that refused to leave the general assembly. Roberta Penn was part of a group that refused to leave the general assembly.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - For the past eight weeks, protesters and activists have flocked to the Raleigh to let their voices be heard. They call it 'Moral Mondays'. The demonstrators say they're protesting against the policies of the Republican-controlled legislature.

Monday's protest set a record for the most arrests for the weekly gathering. About 120 were arrested for civil disobedience in Raleigh.

Roberta Penn, of Wilmington, was one of those who was arrested. She says she was part of a group that refused to leave the General Assembly. She traveled to the protest with a group from Wilmington.

Penn tells us being arrested is a small price to pay for standing up for what she believes in.

"That's not the America I grew up in, and that's not the America I want to live in. You know this is a country based on democracy and equality, and that's what I'm fighting for when I go up there," said Penn.

Penn and the group plan to return next week to protest one last time before the state legislature breaks for vacation.

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