Protesters return to Louisville to speak out against Occupy ICE

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Dozens of protesters gathered in downtown Louisville again on Saturday to voice their opinions on immigration policy.

About 50 members of the group American Action Force Three Percent held the protest on Seventh Street against the Occupy ICE group. They chanted from a barricade put up by police, but the two groups stayed about a block apart.

The AAF Three Percent demonstrators called for the Occupy ICE protesters to leave their camp across the street from the federal courthouse. Several people were openly carrying guns, but demonstrators on but both sides say they're committed to non-violence.

Occupy ICE protesters say they decided to have a block party because the road was closed, and they said they were not concerned with what was going on a block away.

One of the organizers, Chanelle Helm, said they want to shine a light on immigration issues. "Occupy ICE is to make sure that our cities, where are immigrant brothers and sisters can feel safe, to remove and all contracts with ICE establishments and stop hyper criminalizing black and brown children and people."

AAF Three Percent protester Bryan Svododa said they plan to keep up their opposition to the Occupy ICE group. "Abide by the law, that's all we're about, abide by the law. Enough's enough. This protesting wanting illegal immigrants and open borders is just an absolute ridiculous request and we're here to oppose every bit of it," he said.

Both groups plan to continue to organize protests.

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