— NDLON (@ndlon) December 16, 2013
FAIRFAX, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — Nine people were arrested during a protest outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in northern Virginia on Monday morning, authorities say.
The nine were among a group of about 60 protesters who formed a human chain Monday outside the ICE building in Fairfax County. County police told the group they had a right to protest but would be arrested if they blocked the road.
Carolina Velez with the Richmond-based Wayside Center for Popular Education tells The Associated Press that the protesters lay across the roadway to protest an increase in deportations to nearly 400,000 annually since President Barack Obama took power in 2009.
The protesters linked arms using sections of PVC pipe in an effort to stop buses from leaving the detention center with deportees.
Police from Fairfax County and Federal Protective Services used saws to cut through the chains that locked the group of protesters together for nearly three hours.
The activists chanted in both English and Spanish during the protest, including “Until we stop, deportations we shall not be moved” and “Not one more deportation.”
Listen to the protesters’ chants: