Protesters Arrested for Blocking Downtown Detroit Road Ahead of Second Democratic Debate

Upwards of 200 people were protesting immigration downtown Detroit.

July 31, 2019 - 6:22 pm

DETROIT (WWJ-- Nearly two dozen protestors were arrested for blocking a roadway in downtown Detroit late Wednesday afternoon ahead of the second night of the Democratic presidential primary debates at the Fox Theatre.

More than 20 people sat down in the middle of the street at the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Randolph Street, in front of the entrance to the Detroit-Windsor tunnel, blocking the entrance between the U.S. and Canada.

The protest was organized by a immigrant rights group known as Cosecha Movement. Organizers told WWJ's Stephanie Davis they were protesting because they "just want respect for the immigrant population." They were hoping the demonstration sends a message to the Democratic presidential candidates that if and when they get elected, they want them to fight for immigrant rights and the protection of the undocumented population in the U.S.

The protest, which saw upwards of 200 protesters with signs on the sidewalks, continued after all the protestors that were sitting in the road were arrested.

Detroit police had not commented on the situation.

The second night of debates is set to begin at 8 p.m. at the Fox Theatre, with former Vice President Joe Biden, New Jersey Sen. Corey Booker, California Sen. Kamala Harris and New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio headlining the candidates.

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