Protests led by a motorcycle participate in the rally

Three women ringleaders have been arrested after clashing with healthcare workers at a controversial anti-lockdown rally. 

Lisa Marks Todd (55), Wendy Kath Macasieb (53) and Ashley Elaina Smith (33) were charged by cops with violating an executive order and resisting a public officer.

They arrests were made as hundreds of protesters attended the 'Reopen North Carolina' rally on Tuesday despite the group's leader testing positive for the coronavirus.  

The group, which has been campaigning for government officials to reopen the state and relax coronavirus restrictions, were seen gathered outside the North Carolina Legislative Building in Raleigh.

A fourth person, Jonathan Dane Warren II, was also arrested and accused of damaging a mechanical gate on state property. 

A statement from Smith said the arrests were a 'bold move' and that ReOpen NC had worked peacefully with the Raleigh Police Department and Capitol Police prior to her arrest. 

'Our protests will continue. Our civil disobedience will accelerate. Our faith in the police has diminished. We will open North Carolina.'  

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