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July 31, 2018

Eight arrests made at Comcast Center during latest ICE protest

Protestors occupied the building's lobby for 90 minutes calling for Comcast to end contracts with ICE

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The Comcast Center

A contentious day in Center City saw eight more arrests at the Comcast Center during a protest Tuesday afternoon as city-wide and nation-wide protests against U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement continue.

Reyna Peralta, a volunteer organizer with protest group Movimiento Cosecha who was at the protest, told PhillyVoice in an email that activists held a sit-in for more than 90 minutes in the building’s lobby and “demanded Comcast terminate all existing contracts with ICE."

As of 5:45 p.m. ET, the eight protestors were released from custody, according to the Movimiento Cosecha Twitter account:

A Philadelphia Police spokesperson confirmed the eight arrests to PhillyVoice.

Earlier Tuesday, three people were arrested during another anti-ICE protest in Center City, and protests have continued  into the early evening.

You can see footage of the protests from inside the building here, from Twitter user Gwen Synder, one of the eight arrested:

Movimiento Cosecha describes itself as a “peaceful movement fighting for dignity, respect, and permanent protection immigrants in the United States” on its Facebook page. The group had organized a “National Day of Action Against ICE” for Tuesday, which featured protests across the country. 

The Cosecha Movimiento protestors showed up to the Comcast Center with a sign targeting the corporation:

This all comes just days after Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney announced the city would discontinue ICE access to its real-time arrest database.

This is a developing story. We'll update as more information becomes available.

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