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Immigration protesters target South Coast Plaza; 12 arrested

June 15, 2010 |  7:39 am

Protesters bound themselves together with duct tape and blocked a busy intersection at South Coast Plaza on Monday in a display of opposition to Costa Mesa's official refusal to be a  "sanctuary city" for illegal immigrants.

Costa Mesa police arrested 12 demonstrators.  It was the most high-profile protest yet in Costa Mesa after the City Council approved the "rule-of-law" resolution, seen as a sign of support for Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigration.

The protesters, taped to one another and to the plastic chairs in which they were seated, were arrayed around a table in the middle of the busy intersection of Bristol Street and Anton Boulevard at around 3 p.m, blocking an entrance to the upscale shopping mall.

About 200 others chanted from the street corners, some beating drums and waving signs.

“The leaders of Costa Mesa are keeping us from immigration reform,” Angelica Salas, 39, one of the protesters who was arrested to the Daily Pilot. She sat at the head of the table, sweating under the afternoon sun. “They should be fighting for reform and not standing in the way.”

Read the full story and see video here.

-- Mike Reicher, reporting for The Times' community papers