About 100 students, advocates for workers' rights, immigrants' rights and others protested in front of the Legislative Building on Wednesday.
This follows a Monday night protest at the Legislative Building where 17 people were arrested.
Wednesday's group marched from the edge of N.C. State's campus to Jones Street carrying banners condemning tuition increases, budget cuts and legislative proposals such as a voter ID law. Some of the banners read "Don't Kill Our Future," and "Stop Attacks on Workers."
Five people knelt in the middle of Jones Street while the crowd gathered around chanting "Pope says cut back, we say fight back," referring to state budget director Art Pope.
The doors of the Legislative Building were locked and security posted at the entrances in preparation for the march. Most legislators had cleared out by the time the marchers reached the building
UPDATE: Five protesters were arrested when they tried to push their way past officers who had lined up in front of the Legislative Building, General Assembly police Chief Jeff Weaver said. The five would be taken to the Wake County Jail and booked on assault charges, Weaver said.
About three dozen officers from the General Assembly police, Capitol police and Raleigh police departments gathered as the protest formed outside the statehouse. The arrests happened about 6:20 p.m. Earlier, several members of the legislative black caucus showed up at the rally and expressed their support for the protesters.