Police: Immigration protesters cited after parade disruption


Visitors to Independence Mall photograph protestors assembled by a majority Jewish group called “Never Again Is Now”, as they demonstrate near Independence Hall Thursday July 4, 2019, in Philadelphia. Hundreds gathered during the city’s traditional Fourth of July parade to protest the treatment of immigrants and asylum seekers. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police say 33 people protesting the treatment of migrants and asylum seekers were cited after briefly interrupting a Fourth of July parade in Philadelphia.

About 300 people had marched to the Independence Mall area Thursday within sight of Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell after demonstrating outside the building housing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices.

Police said some members of the group briefly interrupted the Salute to America parade, and 33 were detained and cited. Police said there were no injuries or property damage.

The protesters, assembled by a group called “Never Again is Now,” were demanding the closure of border detention centers and the abolition of the immigration agency. Organizer Sarah Giskin said they want “safe and ethical solutions” allowing people to stay here and remain with their families.

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