The NYPD is expected to arrest up to 25 demonstrators who gathered in the lobby of Trump Tower on Thursday, according to reports.
The activist group, Rise and Resist, organized the protest against President Trump's policies requiring extreme vetting of immigrants. The lobby of Trump Tower has been temporarily closed until protesters are removed, ABC7 reported.
Jack Smith IV, a senior writer at Mic, tweeted that the crowd was moved outside where the wagons are waiting for "the prisoners." Watch video of demonstrators being dragged from the lobby below.
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An NYPD spokeswoman said it is unclear if first lady Melania Trump and son Barron are in the building.
BREAKING: At Trump Tower, protesters hang banners and block elevators — "Say it loud, say it clear, immigrants are welcome here!" pic.twitter.com/Ji3aMuTwqf— Jack Smith IV (@JackSmithIV) April 13, 2017
Protesters are seated at the Trump Tower elevator banks, the banners are torn down. They won't leave until arrested. pic.twitter.com/ezfaUCM4bt— Jack Smith IV (@JackSmithIV) April 13, 2017
Leaflets tossed from the balcony are strewn on the floor along with arranged posters. "No ban. No wall. No raids." pic.twitter.com/218O9aigCb— Jack Smith IV (@JackSmithIV) April 13, 2017
Manhattan: NYPD calling a Level 1 mobilization in regards to a Protest at Trump Tower. (? via nyindivisible/Instagram) pic.twitter.com/aMc6rlh4Rh— New York City Alerts (@NYCityAlerts) April 13, 2017
Activists are inside Trump Tower right now standing up to Trump's agenda. We used banners to share our message - No Ban, No Wall, No Raids. pic.twitter.com/N1EtCDxFPE— Rise and Resist (@riseandresistny) April 13, 2017