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Philadelphia ICE cream protests turn violent as police clear out protesters

The police removed demonstrators who were blocking the entrance of the ICE office in Philadelphia.

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The police got in the violent clashes with protesters in Philadelphia on Tuesday, allegedly carrying away at least a dozen people who have already had the block from the front door of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office.

The Philadelphia Police began the leadership of the demonstrators away from the Center City office Tuesday around noon, but some of the moves are violent. Video footage broadcast on local news stations showed some of the protesters scuffling with the police. The exact number of arrests was not immediately clear.

“You said that if we take the tents down would you arrest no one. But you still have people arrested, what the f— is wrong with you?” one of the protesters says the police in a video clip.

8 and Cherry now at the Center of Philly. @phillydotcom @PhillyInquirer pic.twitter.com/5D53ToYjJv

— Jeff Gammage (@JeffGammage) July 3, 2018

“You have no shame. You have no words. That is the reason why you have a f—— the cop. That is the reason why you never finished high school,” the protester continued.

The demonstration came amid a national debate about the Trump administration of the zero-tolerance immigration policy, and followed similar protests in the U.S.

Protesters in Philadelphia, camped outside the office and had stuck signs on his front door and a nearby garage with the messages “ICE cream is the conclusion people in a sanctuary city” and “the Elimination of the ICE, the police and the Pentagon,” Philly.com reported.

Now in the town, protesters have blocked the door to the @ICEgov office on the 8th and the Race. Approximately 40 people. @phillydotcom @PhillyInquirer pic.twitter.com/jhVQ2BTeFm

— Jeff Gammage (@JeffGammage) July 3, 2018

“Sometimes you have to use your body to stop the injustice from happening,” Amy Gottsegen, 22, told the website.

It is reported that the police pushed back 40 protesters from the area and removed at least a dozen more of the scene. Trash left behind included plastic water bottles and pizza boxes.

“U. S Immigration and Customs Enforcement fully respects the rights of all people to express their opinion peacefully without interference. The ICE cream and the employees have the privilege of a special public trust, ” the agency told Philly.com in a statement. “In accordance with this trust, ICE’s enforcement actions are carried out with integrity and professionalism.”

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