Around 6:30 p.m., the group of self-proclaimed anarchists and their supporters marched from San Lorenzo Park to the nearby County Jail in protest of ICE's presence in Santa Cruz and the controversial federal program that checks the immigration status of anyone booked on criminal charges. The county is set to start using the program at the County Jail on Tuesday.
As many as eight sheriff's deputies stood on the jail roof to monitor and film the protesters, but did not interfere with the protest.
The event had a personal connection for Watsonville resident Nayeli Gil, who said she watched a cooperative effort between police
"What they are doing is disrespecting people's rights; it's rude and unfair," Gil said. "It's frustrating. He was trying to work for his family. They're making our lives miserable."
The noise drew neighbors
Visiting Santa Cruz from Florida, Paula Lalinde said the demonstration was impressive.
"It's a creative way to deliver their message," Lalinde said. "There is something very basic about it and natural, using [noise] to stand up for basic human rights. It breaks through the walls."
Neighbors who had questions about the noise were handed a pamphlet put together by "some local anarchists."
"Despite our racial, cultural and class divides, all who are persecuted and
The flier also placed blame on the media for an increased awareness of crime in the city -- media coverage contributes to "the hysteria and witchhunt-like atmosphere," the anarchists maintain -- and neighborhood organizations for their efforts aimed at increased police presence.
Around 8 p.m., protestors marched
down the street and dispersed quietly. Jail Commander Lt. Bob Pursley said there is always a concern when the focus of a protest is the jail. He said internal security measures were put in place, though he would not say what those were.
"We're happy it ended the way it did," Pursley said. "They were able to get their point out and did it in a peaceful manner, which is always a good thing."