Susan Sarandon among 575 arrested in Washington DC at protest of Trump immigration policy
Actress and activist Susan Sarandon was among the 575 people arrested Thursday during a sit-in demonstration in Washington DC to protest Donald Trump's zero-tolerance immigration policy.
"Arrested. Stay strong. Keep fighting. #WomenDisobey," Sarandon tweeted shortly after 3 p.m. ET, when the protesters were being rounded up by police.
The 575 protesters were arrested and taken out of the Hart Senate Office Building following a mass demonstration, reported The Washington Post. Along with calling for an end to migrant family detentions, protesters also called for the abolishment of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE).
They were charged with unlawfully demonstrating, the Post reported.
The protest, which began at the Freedom Plaza, was organised by a number of different groups, including Casa de Maryland, an immigrant advocacy organisation, and the Women's March. The Post reported that politician Pramila Jayapal was also among those who were in arrested in the protest.
Hours after her arrest, Sarandon shared a photo of the protest on her Instagram account, writing: "Powerful, beautiful action with hundreds of women saying we demand the reunification of families separated by immoral ICE policy. This is what Democracy looks like. #WomenDisobey."