FRESNO, California – Civil rights activist and labor leader Dolores Huerta was arrested during a demonstration at the Fresno County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday.
Huerta was among eight who were detained as the SEIU blocked the entrance the meeting “for failing to represent the county’s seniors, disabled, and their caregivers,” the SEIU 2015 says.
The protest was planned, and the demonstrators were “willing to risk arrest,” according to a press release.
Huerta was released and continued the protest outside in downtown Fresno.
More than 500 activists were expected at the demonstration.
“The workers and the people they care for say they are tired of being completely ignored and need to be supported by their elected officials,” according to a press release.
Huerta said the will continue to demonstrate until their workers receive a living wage.
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The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office released a statement about the protestors they arrested.
Tuesday morning a large number of people with SEIU 2015 held a protest in and around the Fresno County Hall of Records. The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office had many deputies there to ensure that this was a peaceful protest and it did not disrupt business being conducted by citizens at nearby offices. From our standpoint, everything went smoothly. However, deputies did make a total of eight arrests. Six people were issued an arrest citation for a misdemeanor charge of failing to disperse after being issued an order to do so. Once given a ticket, each of the six people were released. Two other people were arrested for obstructing a doorway of a public business establishment, a misdemeanor, and resisting arrest, also a misdemeanor charge. These two were booked into the Fresno County Jail and are expected to be cited out and released this afternoon.Fresno County Sheriff Spokesman Tony Botti
Huerta founded the National Farmworkers Association with Cesar Chavez, which later became the United Farm Workers.
This is a developing story.
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