Supporters of six families fasting and protesting at the Phoenix ICE office move their belongings to the public sidewalk after three people were arrested Wednesday morning. (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
Two of three people arrested by Phoenix police during a hunger strike and protest in front of the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Office early Wednesday have called a news conference for Thursday morning.
Carlos Garcia, activist Erika Andiola, the Puente Movement and supporters of fasting families will speak at 10 a.m. in front of ICE headquarters at 2035 N. Central Ave., to denounce what they called police intimidation and demand the release of family members held at a facility in Eloy.
The hunger strikers and supporters returned to their 24-hour vigil at the site after police ordered them to move off private property Wednesday.
Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump said Garcias, Andiola and Rachel Soltis were arrested after several warnings were given for demonstrators to leave private property near the ICE office.
The three are part of a group supporting six fasting families who hope to pressure officials to release their family members being held in an Eloy detention center.
As many as 40 people had been rotating through 24-hour vigils that began Feb. 17, said protester Don Beebe Giudice, who said he was asleep at the site when Phoenix police officers woke him up.
The National Day Laborer Organizing Network on Tuesday said Anselma Lopez, one of the fasting family members, was admitted to Maricopa Medical Center Monday night due to health complications resulting from her fasting.
Lopez's son, Elder Gomez Lopez, has been at the Eloy Detention Center for three years, the organization said.
An on-site nurse recommended Lopez go to the hospital.
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