Five UNC-system students were arrested Wednesday at the N.C. General Assembly amid worldwide May Day protests.
The students — including UNC seniors Zaina Alsous and Carissa Morrison — were part of a pre-planned public disobedience act that aimed to protest budget cuts and tuition increases coming out of the legislature this session, said senior Matt Hickson, a member of UNC’s chapter of the N.C. Student Power Union.
Though the official charges were not known Thursday morning, General Assembly Police Chief Jeff Weaver said he expects the students to be charged with disorderly conduct, and charges of assault on a government official are also possible.
Zaina Alsous – UNC-Chapel Hill
Carissa Morrison – UNC-Chapel Hill
Jessica Injejikian – UNC-Charlotte
Tristan Munchel – UNC-Greensboro
Dhruv Pathak – UNC-Greensboro
Hickson said the students were released late Wednesday night after each posted bail between $500 and $1,000.
He said approximately 150 students from around North Carolina participated in the protests, which started with a 30- to 45-minute rally in the streets in front of the legislature — which the police allowed.