Hundreds turn out in northeast Fresno for “Lights for Liberty” vigil, protesting detention centers

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Fresno joined about 700 other cities across the globe Friday. The “Lights for Liberty” vigil drew thousands of demonstrators coast to coast.

The demonstration was meant to bring attention to the treatment of undocumented immigrants in detention centers.

Hundreds of people congregated at the intersection of Nees and Blackstone.

People were chanting, and holding signs as cars drove by honking. Organizers from “Lights for Liberty” say D.C. was one of the first cities to plan this event. According to the organization the rally is meant to “demand action from congress to end concentration camps and impeach the president.”

The event comes as undocumented immigrants brace for massive Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids expected to begin this weekend.

“Here in Fresno we care about what’s going on. We care about the children and families that are literally being forced to come up here. Their lives are precious to us,” Richard Gomez said.

“There are kids being torn apart from their families at our border and we have to ask our question that if children are being taken away from their parents anywhere on earth. What would the reaction of the people be?,” Reza Nekumanesh said.

“We had enough of this Trump attack and cruelty on the migrants at the border is ridiculous. He has got to be stopped,” Margaret Delgado said.

Each rally started at 7 p.m local time.

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