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Immigrant activist protest shuts down street; 12 arrested

July 9, 2018

As Columbus police officers look on and protesters hold signs, Columbus firefighters dismantle a large wooden tripod blocking a street across from City Hall raised by critics of U.S. immigration policy, on Monday, July 9, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. The protest briefly blocked traffic on the street, which is next to the building housing the local offices of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. A Columbus police spokesman reported eight arrests. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A protest against U.S. immigration policy and recent deportations temporarily shut down a street in Ohio’s capital, resulting in 12 arrests.

Protesters blocked the street across from City Hall in Columbus and around the corner from the Ohio Statehouse Monday morning by erecting three wooden poles in a tall tripod.

The protest happened near a downtown office building housing the local offices of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Several Columbus police cruisers crowded the intersection as city firefighters using a ladder truck and chainsaws dismantled the structure.

Protesters shouted “No borders” and held signs such as “No Borders! No Wall! We Want Freedom For All!”

Police say charges against the protesters include disorderly conduct and failure to comply.

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