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100 arrested during immigration rally in Manhattan, causing traffic, road closures on West Side Highway

Posted at 1:59 PM, Aug 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-10 16:12:10-04

MANHATTAN — Police say 100 people were arrested during an immigration rally in Manhattan, shutting down streets along the West Side Highway.

Demonstrators took to the streets and marched along Chelsea, stopping traffic. Many are seen sitting along the streets, linking arms and holding signs such as "Abolish ICE" and "Close the camps."

NYPD officials told PIX11's Magee Hickey that 100 people were arrested and are expected to be charged with disorderly conduct.

Due to the protests, motorists should expect road closures and a heavy presence of emergency personnel along 12th Avenue and West 22nd Street in Manhattan. The closure at the West Side Highway and West 26th Street has since reopened.

The protests are demanding an end to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents targeting thousands of migrants across the city, separating families and striking fear among immigration communities.

Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.

PIX11's Magee Hickey contributed to this story.