PHOENIX (KSAZ) – The three protesters arrested over the weekend for blocking traffic into the Donald Trump rally in Fountain Hills are speaking out.
The activists say they’re willing to do whatever is necessary to stand against racism and Trump.
The protests and roadblocks were carried out by the activist group Puente Arizona. The three arrested were charged with a misdemeanor charge of blocking the road. One of the three is a Soros Justice Fellow who was awarded an advocacy fellowship funded by George Soros.
Jacinta Gonzalez, Michael Cassidy, and Ben Laughlin along with several hundred protesters blocked two intersections at Shea Boulevard for more than an hour delaying Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Fountain Hills.
“I was put in handcuffs, the only thing I was told was not to resist,” said Ben Laughlin.
Laughlin tied himself to one of the cars parked on the road in an effort to prevent deputies from towing the vehicle. Gonzalez also tied her neck to a vehicle; she says her two counterparts were held in the 4th Avenue Jail while she was transferred to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement center.
“Because my last name was Gonzalez, I was transferred to ICE and placed into a detainer,” said Jacinta Gonzalez.
Gonzalez’s online biography says she is a lead organizer for the Congress of Day Laborers based in New Orleans. She’s also the recipient of an advocacy fellowship funded by George Soros’ Open Society Foundation.
“We believe those events have to be shut down because of the hate, racism, and homophobia permeating in America,” said Gonzalez.
The protesters say they’re willing to do whatever it takes to stand against Donald Trump, and what they perceive as his campaign of racism and hate.
“If what it takes to get the point across is to disrupt someone’s day is to break a law, then I think we did that nonviolently, and that was okay,” said Laughlin.
Another man was arrested the same day at a Donald Trump rally in Tucson. A Trump supporter stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base punched a protester, and it was caught on camera.
He did not do any jail time, but the military says it was aware of the incident and is reviewing their options.