L.A. Civil Disobedience Ends in Arrests

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Fourteen persons from diverse ethnicities were arrested in Los Angeles yesterday in an act of civil disobedience to protest a new Arizona law that would make it a crime for a person to be an undocumented immigrant.

The protesters lay in a circle in the middle of Alameda street outside the Federal Immigration Detention Center, reported La Opinión.

“It’s our obligation as human beings to disobey these laws that are in Arizona, California and the rest of the country,” said a University of Berkley graduate, whose name wasn’t identified by the Spanish daily.

The Los Angeles Police Department arrested them after three hours.

The protest was organized by the movement “Todos Somos Arizona” or “We all are Arizona.”

The act of civil disobedience in L.A. occurred about a week after the Illinois Congressman Luis Gutiérrez was arrested in Washington, D.C., in a similar act of protest against SB 1070.

At least eight other states are considering similar legislation.