Capitol Police Arrest About 575 Protesters at Senate Office Building

Capitol Police Arrest About 575 Protesters at Senate Office Building

US Capitol Police said 575 people conducting a sit-down protest in the atrium of a Senate office building were charged with unlawfully demonstrating, then processed at the scene and released.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-7th District, was arrested Thursday at a "mass civil disobedience" event in Washington D.C.to protest President Donald Trump's immigration policies. Actress Susan Sarandon (inset) was also involved in the protest - organized by two liberal groups, Women's March and the Center for Popular Democracy. Gillibrand said, adding the protests were an "amazing" act of defiance against the Trump administration. "We are not protestors, we are protectors!" read a tweet from the Women's March.

The Democratic senator Jeff Merkley of OR, who was one of the first to draw attention to children being held in detention camps along the border after being separated from their parents, appeared before the crowd.

Trump and Congress have struggled to resolve a crisis that has seen more than 2,000 children separated from their migrant parents since the administration announced a "zero-tolerance" border policy in early May.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren cheers on demonstrators.

The women chanted slogans such as "we care" and "where are the children" in a largely peaceful standoff with police, who ordered them to leave.

"These folks are out here fighting for the core principles of our nation, and I applaud them for it", Merkley said in an interview. During their sit-in they called for the reunification of families and the dissolution of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.

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