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Protesters Seeking Abolition of ICE Blockade Downtown Federal Building

PHOTO: Chris Stone/Times of San Diego

By Ken Stone and Chris Stone | 2 July 2018

TIMES OF SAN DIEGO — Groups from as far away as New York, Georgia and Texas joined local immigrant-rights activists Monday at Chicano Park for a two-hour rally, followed by a march downtown where some blocked the entrance to the Edward J. Schwartz Federal Building for an hour.

The building at 880 Front St. houses local ICE offices. A similar protest in Los Angeles resulted in a handful of arrests, but no arrests were reported in San Diego.

(However, the unfurling of a banner atop the nearby Westin Hotel led to 10 arrests, organizers said. The sign said* “Free Our Families Now!”)

At Chicano Park, demonstrators were led in a song and chant: “This is for the people who are locked inside — together we will abolish ICE.”

Audrey Sasson, executive director of New York-based Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, said 20 members of her group came out to support the local protest organized by Mijente[…]

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