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Posted: June 28, 2011 4:04 p.m.

Six arrested in immigration protest

ATLANTA - Six young illegal immigrants were arrested after they sat down in an intersection next to the Georgia Capitol blocking traffic to protest state policies targeting illegal immigration.

The six activists spoke at a rally at the Capitol in front of a crowd of about 200 people Tuesday before leading the crowd on a march through downtown Atlanta and returning to the Capitol to block traffic.

The action was the latest in a string of such "coming out" events held by young illegal immigrants.

The rally was planned to protest a new law in Georgia that targets illegal immigration. A federal judge's ruling on Monday blocked some parts of that law, but other parts will take effect Friday or on Jan. 1 as set forth in the text of the law.

 

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