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On First Day Arizona Law Takes Effect, Protesters Arrested In Phoenix

A protest against the recent controversial immigration law in Arizona turned violent today as several protesters were arrested for their behavior. The protest was organized as a response to yesterday’s ruling that parts of the law were unconstitutional and the fact that the law partially went into effect today.

MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer reported live from the scene, where men dressed in military uniforms could be seen watching the crowd. According to Brewer, the crowd was “insisting that they are going to engage in civil disobedience,” and, as the cameras rolled, described several protesters being “dragged away.” The report did not specify how many had been arrested, as it appeared that the police were still working on subduing the crowd. She also spoke to one of the protesters who went by the name Emmanuel, who told her that, despite the potential for arrest, he was out there “for my rights, for the rights of humans.”

Video of Brewer’s report below:

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