WHY, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Several members of a protest group were arrested at the Border Patrol checkpoint on SR-85 in western Pima County on Monday, Oct. 12.
According to a Facebook post by the O’odham Anti Border Collective, teargas was used on “O’odham Land and Water Protectors” before they were arrested. Another post claimed rubber bullets were fired at them.
A video posted on Twitter by activist Maxie Adler appears to show protesters running away from some sort of gas or smoke. The video, which contains graphic language, can be seen HERE.
The Border Patrol released the following statement:
“On the morning of October 12th, protesters blocked traffic on Arizona State Route 85 in both directions near the Tucson Sector Border Patrol Immigration Checkpoint. The Arizona Department of Public Safety responded, and after providing the protesters ample warning to clear the roadway, 12 individuals were taken into custody. No injuries were reported. We fully support the right to voice concerns and express opinions lawfully and peacefully under the first amendment.
“For any additional information please contact Arizona Department of Public Safety."
A DPS representative said they are still gathering details and will release more information on Tuesday.
The group was protesting border wall construction and Border Patrol activities on O’odham land as part of an action day for Indigenous Peoples Day.