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Susan Sarandon Was Arrested While Protesting Current Immigration Policies

More than 600 women gathered in Washington, D.C., on Thursday to exercise their civic duty and peacefully protest the Trump administration’s immigration policies. Among the protesters was actor Susan Sarandon, who documented the protest and, later, her arrest.

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According to People magazine, the protest was organized by the Women’s March and the Center for Popular Democracy. It took place in D.C. and culminated in a sit-in in the Hart Senate Office building during working hours. During the sit-in, the Women’s March reported that approximately 630 women had wrapped themselves in foil blankets (similar to the blankets immigrants were being given in detention centers at the United States-Mexico border) and were vocally protesting. 

It’s unclear how exactly Sarandon was arrested, but she managed to send one tweet indicating her current situation: “Arrested. Stay strong. Keep fighting. #WomenDisobey.”

A few hours after sending that tweet, Sarandon tweeted out another photo from the protest, implying that she had been released from police custody (she has since retweeted other tweets, supporting the suggestion that she is out of custody). 

“Powerful, beautiful action with hundreds of women saying we demand the reunification of families separated by immoral ICE policy,” Sarandon wrote in her follow-up tweet. “This is what Democracy looks like. #WomenDisobey.”

Sarandon had been documenting the protest earlier in the day, posting her own original tweets and retweeting others that showed video footage and photos from inside the Hart Senate Office building.

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It’s unclear at this time why more than 500 protesters were arrested and what they were charged with, if indeed they were charged at all. Sarandon has not yet commented further on her arrest, and Capitol police have not released a statement.

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