News of ac­tivist’s de­ten­tion leads to NYC sup­porter ar­rests

The Western Star - - OBITUARIES/NEWS -

New York City po­lice have ar­rested 18 peo­ple, in­clud­ing two coun­cil­men, in protests over the de­ten­tion of a prom­i­nent im­mi­gra­tion ac­tivist.

The demon­stra­tions out­side a fed­eral build­ing in Man­hat­tan were over the de­ten­tion of Ravi Rag­bir (RAH’-vee RAHG’-beer), a cit­i­zen of Trinidad who has been fight­ing de­por­ta­tion af­ter a fraud con­vic­tion.

His lawyer, Alina Das, says Rag­bir was hand­cuffed Thurs­day dur­ing a sched­uled check-in with im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials.

Fed­eral of­fi­cials did not im­me­di­ately an­swer ques­tions about his sta­tus.

Po­lice ar­rested demon­stra­tors who sat in the street and blocked an am­bu­lance, think­ing Rag­bir was in­side. City Coun­cil­men Yda­nis Ro­driguez and Ju­manne Wil­liams, both Democrats, were among those ar­rested.

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