Three days after a violent riot broke out in Portland, the result of clashes between antifa and a right-wing conservative group, on Tuesday protests again turned violent, this time in the city of brotherly love, as activists were taken into custody on the streets of Philadelphia as they were called for the abolishment of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The protests took place in front of the ICE office on 8th and Cherry Streets in Center City, according to CBS Philadelphia.
CBS3 video captured police and some activists clashing while officers were clearing an encampment outside the ICE building on Tuesday afternoon.
According to Philadelphia police, 29 arrests were made and they were issued failure to disperse citations. Two people sustained minor scrapes and bruises during the arrests, as one was taken to the hospital. Protesters had been out since Monday afternoon.
According to an organizer, the small but resilient protest group has donations of cold water and food coming in constantly because the goal is to be out here in front of ICE’s office indefinitely until certain demands are met.
On a national level, they have been calling for an end to mass deportations and to abolish ICE. This is a new movement that has sprung up saying the agency has gone rogue and needs to be replaced.
The protesters also want to end family detentions and close a detention center in Berks County. They say what we are seeing at the border is also happening in our backyard and it needs to stop.
Lastly, they are calling for the City of Philadelphia to have no cooperation policy with ICE.
In other words, a rather lengthy list of demands.
"Despite Philadelphia’s reputation as a sanctuary city, it is the case that Philadelphia also has one of the most active ICE offices in the country. Part of the reason for that is that they are able to access the city’s residential data," said protester Anlin Wang.
For those who wish to see the civil protest first hand, you have time: Protesters say they are going to be out here standing up for the treatment of undocumented immigrants until their demands are met.