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The New York City police department, said on Saturday that 76-immigration policies, demonstrators are arrested during a demonstration outside of Microsoft ‘ s flagship store in the heart of new york city.
The protesters are calling on Microsoft to stop doing business with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), is organizing a sit-in that forced the store to close its doors early in the morning.
In a video posted to Twitter of protesters could be seen holding signs that read, “This is the price for the company’s ICE cream.” The protest was organized by a group called the Connect Camps in new YORK.
The protesters have called for the company to cancel the data-processing contract concluded with ICE cream, discussions of which can be found in a number of Microsoft’s employees in the previous year. In June of last year, Microsoft released a statement saying that the company “does not work with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or U.s. Customs and Border Protection-on all of the projects with respect to the separation of children from their families to cross the border.
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“As a company, Microsoft has been working for more than 20 years, the combination of technology with the requirements of the law, in order to ensure that the children of refugees and immigrants be able to stay with their families,” the company said at the time. “We need to continue to build on this proud tradition, rather than change course now.”
Some of Saturday’s protesters reportedly entered the store and sat down on the floor, scattering a red-inked dollar bills, meant to look like blood. The others remained outside and locked his hands in front of the entrance, blocking the flow of traffic.
In August, when nearly 100 protesters were arrested when they shut down a section of a major highway in New York City for an hour or more. They were charged with disorderly conduct and released.