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Occupy ICE protesters arrested by Louisville police

July 26, 2018 GMT
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A Louisville Metro Police van carries Occupy ICE protesters that were arrested at the Heyburn building, Thursday, July 26, 2018, in Louisville, Ky. ICE deportation court is held in the Heyburn Building, and members of Occupy ICE using chains and PVC pipe filled with chicken wire and bubble wrap chained themselves to the elevators in the building in an attempt to shut down court proceedings. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
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A Louisville Metro Police van carries Occupy ICE protesters that were arrested at the Heyburn building, Thursday, July 26, 2018, in Louisville, Ky. ICE deportation court is held in the Heyburn Building, and members of Occupy ICE using chains and PVC pipe filled with chicken wire and bubble wrap chained themselves to the elevators in the building in an attempt to shut down court proceedings. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Police have cleared the scene of a protest that blocked elevators in a Kentucky building that houses an immigration court.

The group Occupy ICE Louisville says a group of people went into the building in downtown Louisville on Thursday morning to protest the separation of immigrant families. The protesters linked their arms together inside plastic tubes.

A large number of police outside the building dispersed just before noon as the protesters were taken away in a paddy wagon.

Media reports say nine people were arrested at the scene and charged with criminal trespassing, a misdemeanor.

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Last week police took down an encampment where the group had been staying overnight outside a federal building since July 2. On Thursday, the group set up a new camp outside another federal building, but news outlets reported police soon made protesters take down their tents, saying they were violating a local camping ordinance.

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