Immigration Bill Protesters Arrested

June 29, 2011  |  

(AJC) — Six protesters were arrested on charges of disorderly conduct Tuesday as demonstrators from across Georgia converged on the state Capitol to oppose HB 87, a public safety official said.  About 200 protesters turned out and many formed a human chain around six people who sat at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Washington Street, blocking all four sides of the intersection just steps away from the Capitol.  The demonstrators, mostly students, came to speak out against House bill, the controversial immigration crackdown legislation that goes into effect Friday.  Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright said the protesters were asked to move from the intersection several times before they were arrested.

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