- Associated Press - Monday, June 8, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina judge is easing the bond conditions for 20 demonstrators facing trespassing and fire code violations while protesting Republican policies at the General Assembly.

Multiple media members reported that the Wake County judge allowed each demonstrator to remain free on unsecured bond and set their next court appearance for Aug. 28. Defense attorney Geeta Kapur said some had posted $500 bonds based on prior protest arrests.

The demonstrators were arrested April 29 and charged after refusing to stop singing and chants disrupting sessions of the House and Senate.

The protesters want expanded Medicaid coverage while the federal government paid nearly the entire added cost, increased public education spending, and rolled back abortion restrictions.

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