Friday, May 7, 2010
LOS ANGELES – More than a dozen people were arrested today when demonstrators gathered at the Federal Detention Center in downtown Los Angeles to protest Arizona’s new immigration law and call for amnesty for everyone in the country illegally.
Some of the protesters blocked traffic at Commercial and Alameda streets late this morning, resulting in 14 arrests, said Officer April Harding of the Los Angeles Police Department.
“They formed a chain in the middle of the street,” Harding said, adding that protesters planned for the arrests to happen.
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The group was taken into custody and booked for resisting, obstructing and delaying investigations of a peace officer, Harding said.
The activists said in a statement released via e-mail that they were protesting Arizona’s recently enacted SB 1070 and other federal, state, and local immigration enforcement laws.
“This detention center symbolizes the incarceration and internment of so many immigrants and the separation of families,” the statement read. “We are here to say that there will be no more business as usual at this detention center and that we need to end SB 1070, all detentions and deportations and the criminalization of our communities.”
This article was posted: Friday, May 7, 2010 at 8:27 am