At least 14 have been arrested during a May Day rally in New York after blocking the entrances to banks JP Morgan and Wells Fargo. Thousands of people are taking to the streets across the US as part of May Day demonstrations.
People are rallying to protest the Trump administration’s immigration policies that have ICE raids all across the country, and supporting workers rights that have led to mass arrests.
In New York City, hundreds of labor and immigrant advocates gathered on Monday morning in midtown Manhattan’s Bryant Park before marching to J P Morgan and blocking the entrance to the doors, where they unfurled a banner than read “Your profits, our pain.”
Organizers like Make the Road, said banks are some of the corporations who are making profits from the building of private prisons and immigration detention centers used to hold detainees.
NYPD arrested at least 12 people, according to Daniel Altschuler, the director of civic engagement and research at Make The Road.
A spokesman for the NYPD could not confirm the arrests or offer any information about the charges, but an alert notice said at least 14 people were arrested.