NYC council members arrested in pro-immigration protest
Earlier today, dozens of New Yorkers marched in Foley Square to protest the arrest of Ravi Ragbiran immigration rights activist. The NYPD made eighteen arrests, two of whom were members of New York’s city council.
The demonstration was intended to include a Jericho Walk, during which participants would approach Ragbiran with their prayers on his way to a meeting in a federal building. However, during their assembly, it was announced that Ragbiran had been arrested by ICE agents and the crowd lost control. Mayor de Blasio’s office said of the event “the area is covered extensively by cameras and we’ll be reviewing the footage to get to the bottom of what happened.”
The two city council members arrested were Ydanis Rodríguez and Jumaane Williams; Council Speaker Corey Johnson also attended the protest but was not arrested. Although Ragbiran’s arrest is disappointing, that these public figures would risk their freedom in his support is a promising development.
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