TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Hundreds of protesters held a demonstration and marched through the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington DC on Saturday, to denounce the presence of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the US Capital.
The demonstration comes after reports that ICE detained two people last weekend in Northwest D.C. DCist also reported that ICE had interrogated people in Columbia Heights and Adams Morgan.
Attendees called for solidarity, resistance and action from local officials, including Mayor Muriel Bowser and the D.C. Council, to enforce D.C.’s status as a sanctuary city that does not provide local assistance to ICE.
Bowser has repeatedly said the District is a sanctuary city, but that status has been called into question by the arrests of immigrants in the city and the District’s inability to exercise control over courts.
The afternoon protest in the Columbia Heights Plaza centered around the Resonance fountain, where a diverse mix of people chanted slogans like “Shame!” and “No Trump, No Nate, No KKK, No fascist, racist, sexist USA.”
Attendees said the ICE activity sparks fear in immigrant communities and their allies.