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Hundreds of activists protest the Trump administration’s approach to illegal border crossings and separation of children from immigrant parents, in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 28.
Hundreds of activists protest the Trump administration’s approach to illegal border crossings and separation of children from immigrant parents, in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 28.

Protesters Arrested in US Senate Building Sit-In Over Immigration

Protesters Arrested in US Senate Building Sit-In Over Immigration

Capitol Police arrested nearly 600 people Thursday after hundreds of loudly chanting women demonstrated inside a Senate office building against US President Donald Trump’s treatment of migrant families. Among them were a Washington state congresswoman, the lawmaker said on Twitter.
The protests came as demonstrations occurred around the country over the Trump administration’s policy of separating immigrant families. They offered a glimpse of what might happen on Saturday when rallies are planned coast to coast, AP reported.
Amid unrelenting daily images of distraught immigrant children separated from parents and herded into fenced enclosures, women sat on the floor of the Senate Hart Office building’s 90-foot-high atrium. Seated around Alexander Calder’s black metallic “Mountain and Clouds” sculpture, they shouted slogans and cheered for a handful of fist-pumping lawmakers—all Democrats—who waded into the crowd.
“What do we want? Free families!” and “This is what democracy looks like” were among their cries.
Many wore foil blankets similar to those given to migrants housed at US detention facilities.
The sit-in of protesting women was organized by two liberal groups, Women’s March and the Center for Popular Democracy Action. The action lasted more than two hours.
In a written statement, the Capitol Police said around 575 people were charged with “unlawfully” demonstrating inside the office building. The police said those arrested were being released after they were processed.
Winnie Wong, political adviser for the Women’s March, said the crowd’s fervor will translate into “the energy we will need to see to at the ballot box in November,” when congressional control will be at stake.

 

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