Top organizers behind the Women’s March on Washington and the general women’s strike taking place on International Women’s Day were arrested outside Trump International Hotel in New York City on Wednesday afternoon reportedly for civil disobedience.
Linda Sarsour, Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez, and Bob Bland were among about a dozen demonstrators taken into custody by NYPD officers. Mallory and Perez, both March co-chairs, appeared onstage at the Women in the World L.A. Salon Tuesday night where they discussed maintaining the momentum put into motion by the highly successful Women’s March.
According to The Huffington Post, a witness said protesters, who had gathered around Central Park South in Manhattan, began making their way toward the Trump-branded hotel across the street and attempted to form a human chain around it. At that point, according to the report, officers told demonstrators to stay out of the street and avoid blocking traffic. The police reportedly warned protesters that if they didn’t leave the street, they would be arrested. Some of the protesters then left the street, and, led by Sarsour, those who did not were taken into custody.
Photos began surfacing on social media showing Sarsour, Mallory and others being handcuffed by police.
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The Women’s March official Twitter account then posted a photo saying “Some of us were arrested,” that was accompanied by a photo of Sarsour, Mallory and others seated in the back of an NYPD vehicle. The NYPD confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter the arrest of 13 protesters associated with the demonstration, but declined to say what charges, if any, those who were arrested are facing. Later, the Women’s March put out an official statement through a PR department. “After a peaceful protest in New York City in honor of A Day Without a Woman, 10 organizers were arrested by the New York City Police Department in an act of civil disobedience,” the statement read.
— Women's March (@womensmarch) March 8, 2017
‘A Day Without a Woman’ protests took place in cities and towns around the country. In some cases, public school districts canceled classes for the day because so many teachers had taken the day off. Men and those women who were unable to call out of work for the day were asked to wear red in a show of solidarity, and to advocate for the causes espoused by the Women’s March.