76 Anti-ICE Protesters Arrested During Sit-In at Microsoft Store in New York

Wire Service
By Wire Service
September 15, 2019New Yorkshare
76 Anti-ICE Protesters Arrested During Sit-In at Microsoft Store in New York
Protestors block the entrance of a Microsoft store in midtown Manhattan during a rally against the U.S. immigration policy in New York City on Sept. 14, 2019. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

Seventy-six protesters were arrested Saturday afternoon for blocking traffic in Manhattan, a New York Police Department spokesman said.

The demonstrators staged a sit-in at the Microsoft store on Fifth Avenue. They are demanding the tech company stop allowing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to use their technology, according to a press release from the “Close the Camps NYC” coalition that organized the protest.

In videos posted to Twitter, protesters could be seen in front of the Microsoft store holding signs and chanting “this is the price for business with ICE.”

The NYPD spokesman said 50 women and 26 men were arrested.

“We’re grateful to the NYPD for their help with protestors at our store on 5th Avenue. We’ve closed the store for the rest of the day and look forward to opening our doors again soon,” a Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement to CNN.

Last month, 100 people were arrested when the same coalition held a protest against ICE on Manhattan’s West Side Highway, temporarily closing all lanes of traffic.

CNN wire contributed to this report.

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