LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Occupy Ice protesters appeared in court Tuesday morning after being arrested last week at the Heyburn building.

The protesters -- now nicknamed the Heyburn 9 -- were defiant when they faced a judge, and said the arrests won't stop them.

There was a round of applause after court when those arrested walked out of the Hall of Justice. Dozens of Occupy ICE supporters gathered outside to greet them, Many were wearing "Abolish ICE" shirts.

The nine people were arrested last week inside the Heyburn building when several protesters formed a human chain to block entrances to Louisville's Immigration Court. They were charged with criminal trespassing, but they say they expected to walk out of the Heyburn building in handcuffs.

The protesters say their the arrests won't slow them down and they won't rest until ICE is abolished.

"The question really is not why we put our bodies on the line to stop what ICE is doing to immigrant families, but the question is why more people in this country are not interrupting the horror of tearing families apart," said Carla Wallace, one of the protesters.

Not guilty pleas were entered on their behalf, and a judge scheduled future court dates for the last week of August. They plan to talk to the county attorney to try to get the charges dropped.

If the charges aren't dropped, they hope to move their court dates to the same day to continue supporting each other.

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