575 arrests in Capitol Hill protest against zero-tolerance policy

A demonstrator shows a sign on her hands during a rally and march calling for

House Democrat Pramila Jayapal was among those arrested.

The arrests have been peaceful so far, with the protesters not arguing with Capitol police officers during arrests and no cuffs being put on them.

On Saturday, thousands of protesters are expected to descend on Lafayette Square in a protest calling for the end of family detentions and the return of the at least 2,500 children who were separated from their parents at the southern border. "June 30 we're putting ourselves in the street again", Jayapal tweeted. The Hill's Latina Leaders spotlights 2018 candidates Dem senator: Justice Kennedy's resignation a "disaster" for vision of "We the People" Democratic senators propose bill giving overtime pay to farmworkers MORE (D-Ore.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandDem Senator: Trump's next Supreme Court nominee would overturn Roe v. Wade Biden leads 2020 Dem field in new poll Bloomberg mulling running for president in 2020 as a Dem: report MORE (N.Y.), and others who also attended a protest on Capitol Hill. Senate staff members in one office held a pink sign in the window: "Feminists are the majority".

The Associated Press reported that 575 protesters were eventually arrested after refusing to leave the building.

Democratic Sens. Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Kirsten Gillibrand of NY and Edward Markey of MA also appeared before the crowd. They marched along Pennsylvania Avenue, past the Trump International Hotel, chanting "shame", then burst into boos and demanded, "Where are the children?".

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During her visit, she had heard horror stories by men and women who came to the border seeking asylum. Facing a massive public backlash, last week Trump issued an order allowing families to stay together after being detained at the border.

The crowd of women sang: "We're going to rise like the water, going to shut detentions down".

Loretta Fudoli took a bus to Washington from Conway, Arkansas, to join Thursday's protest.

She added that she was proud to have been arrested among hundreds of others who believed that "the U.S. is better and as a member of Congress I refuse to let this president and administration do what they are doing to children in my name". Organizers of the D.C. rally said similar protests will take place in 351 congressional districts across the country.

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