Demonstrators arrested at Times Square protest against ICE, NYPD

Police officers arrest at least 50 anti-ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) protestors at the iconic Times Square of New York City, United States on September 19, 2020. (Photo by Lokman Vural Elibol/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Demonstrators were arrested Saturday in Times Square while protesting federal immigration officials and the NYPD, authorities said.

Authorities said in an email to The Associated Press that “several” protesters were taken into custody, but did not release details of the charges.

WINS-AM reported that dozens of people were arrested when they refused to move from a city street where they sat down and blocked traffic.

Many protesters accused U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement of mistreating migrants, including claims that migrants were subjected to questionable hysterectomies at a detention center in Georgia. ICE's acting director, Tony Pham, said Friday that the agency was looking into the allegations and if they are true officials would “make the corrections necessary.”

Other demonstrators shouted “Black Lives Matter” and “abolish the police.”

No injuries were reported.

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