575 arrested in women's protest against immigration policy at Senate building

Aaron Brown
June 29, 2018

The police said those arrested were being released after they were processed.

According to reports, more than 500 people were arrested by the Capitol Police when they were having their sit-in protest at the Senate Hart Office building.

After repeated calls from the police demanding that they leave the premises or face arrest, officers were forced to move in, detaining at least 575 activists for "unlawful demonstration", AP reported. Among them was Washington state congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (main), the lawmaker said on Twitter.

Protesters march from Freedom Plaza to demonstrate against family detentions and to demand the end of criminalization of asylum seekers on June 28, 2018, in Washington, DC.

They were joined and supported by a number of prominent figures, such as the actress Susan Sarandon and multiple Democratic Senators, including Elizabeth Warren, Tammy Duckworth and others.

Before arriving at Capitol Hill, the protesters marched down Pennsylvania Avenue, pausing to chant "Shame!"

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Democratic Sens. Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Kirsten Gillibrand of NY and Edward Markey of MA also appeared before the crowd.

The overall goal is to end family detentions; to ultimately remove Trump and his enablers from office, however that happens in whatever time frame and to lay the groundwork for a new set of policies in this country based on human decency and mutual respect and this action that is pushing the limits has the potential to inspire exactly the kind of mass civil resistance that we need to achieve these goals.

She added that she was proud to have been arrested among hundreds of others who believed that "the United States is better and as a member of Congress I refuse to let this president and administration do what they are doing to children in my name".

The protest began hours earlier at Freedom Plaza, where hundreds of women robed in white and carrying signs deriding the Trump administration's immigration policy had gathered.

"Their parents shouldn't even be locked up", Fudoli said.

The White House has said that the order was not a long-term solution and has called for Congress to pass immigration reform. Organizers of the D.C. rally also plan protests in 351 congressional districts around the country.

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