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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Susan Sarandon arrested after protest against Donald Trump

Por Jade

Police arrested a total of 575 people, including actress Susan Sarandon, after the march of women this Thursday in Washington against the immigration policies of US President Donald Trump, particularly against the separation of families of illegal immigrants and their arrest. "Susan Sarandon was detained for several hours for participating in our demonstration," said a source from the organization who requested anonymity.

The artist herself said on Thursday through her official Twitter profile that she was arrested: "Arrested. Let's stay strong. Let's keep fighting." Sarandon tweeted. The actress, winner of the Oscar for best actress for Dead Man Walking (1995), is also a recognized activist who has been contrary to the Trump Government publicly on repeated occasions. Protest began with a march in the Department of Justice. The women wore white and raised banners demanding the end of the immigration camps declaring: "We care." They blocked the entrance of the Justice Department during the lunch hour. They then moved to the Senate Hart Building, where they covered themselves with aluminum sheets that resemble those given to immigrant children in detention centers, and chanted "Abolish ICE" and "Where are the children?"

According to the police, the women were arrested for "demonstrating illegally." After being processed in the place, they were released. The rally was organized by the March of Women, a movement that began with the investiture of Trump on January 21, 2017 when 500,000 people, double the amount planned, marched in Washington to show their rejection of the new president. It had its replica in other cities inside and outside the country, such as Paris, Rome or London. Among the protesters arrested, was also the congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, who shared a tweet saying that "Trump's zero tolerance policy will not continue, not in our country, not in our name, on June 30 we will be back on the streets."

The Democratic representative referred to the policy imposed by the president on the southern border, whereby more than 2,000 children have been separated from their parents in just six weeks. And also referred to the march organized for this Saturday with the motto #FamiliesBelongTogether demanding the union of the families and the end of the arrests. The outrage was triggered by the government's decision in May to prosecute all adults who illegally crossed the border into Mexico. And, since June 20, he built internment camps for children in an area with temperatures of 41 degrees. Until then, immigrants were not separated from their children and families could remain together before appearing before an immigration court. But if they requested political asylum, they were released pending the decision, which is what Trump wants to avoid. Separating the children from their parents is a way to pressure them to accept the quick deportation back to Mexico as a condition to be able to recover their children.