Five people were arrested late Tuesday after North Carolina General Assembly police said they disrupted legislators while in session.
Four of the five people were charged with disorderly conduct, according to arrest warrants filed in the Wake County Magistrate's Office. A fifth person was charged with resisting arrest, warrants say.
The protesters are accused of standing, chanting, shouting, "making rude and riotous noise" and interrupting the session by tying a banner across the railing of the chamber. They continued their protest, police said, after being asked to stop by the Speaker of the House.
The House was in discussion on the state's budget, which had drawn a huge downtown rally Tuesday to protest cuts to schools and other programs.
Arrested were: Andrew Owen Koch, 21, of Chapel Hill; Raul Arce, 19, of Dunn; Monserrat Alvarez, 18, of Raleigh; Aaron Alexander Caldwell, 18, of Cary; and Luis Arturo Rangel, 16, of Cary.
Arce, Alvarez, Caldwell and Rangel were all charged with disorderly conduct. All were released on a written promise to appear in court.
Koch was charged with resisting a public officer. He is accused of refusing repeated requests to leave the third floor of the assembly building as officers were trying to restore order. Koch also was released on a written promise to appear in court.
All five have June 10 court dates.