Susan Sarandon was among hundreds of women arrested at a rally protesting Donald Trump’s zero-tolerance immigration policy in Washington yesterday.
Protestors assembled outside the Department of Justice building, following scenes of children being taken from their parents and detained as they cross the border into the US.
Police confirmed that 575 people, including the 71-year-old actress and a Washington state congresswoman, were arrested and charged with demonstrating unlawfully, after they formed a sit-in protest inside a Senate office building.
There were chants of ‘What do we want? Free families!’ and ‘This is what democracy looks like’ from the crowd inside the building.
The march was organised by two liberal groups, the Women’s March and the Center for Popular Democracy, with many wearing foil blankets, the like seen in pictures from the migrant detention centres which have been holding children who have been separated from their families.
Police confirmed that once arrested and charged, the protesters were released.
Representative Pramila Jayapal, the Democrat from Washington State who was arrested, said: “We’re here to fight for our families to be free, to fight for the ability of our kids to be with their parents — not in cages, not in prison, but able to live their lives free, safe and secure.”
Right now in the Hart Senate Office Building. pic.twitter.com/jPE9U82Akz
— Dana Milbank (@Milbank) June 28, 2018
Though Trump has now signed an order preventing families being split up, more than 2000 children are still to be reunited with their parents.
More rallies are planned across the US on Saturday.