RALEIGH -

The weekly protests known as "Moral Mondays" have resumed at North Carolina's legislature and its leader says demonstrators do not plan to get arrested during their first rally of the session.

The group gathered in front of the Legislative Building and walked through Monday, led by the Rev. William Barber, president of the state chapter of the NAACP, in their first appearance.

Barber said the group will not get arrested but will instead put tape over their mouths to show how they have been silenced by new Legislative Building rules they say is meant to silence opposition.

The focus of Moral Monday hasn't changed much from last year. Protesters are calling for a host of repeals on Republican-written laws, including teacher pay and unemployment insurance.