Street outside Portland ICE center runs red with ‘blood’

Civic Affairs

Activists were protesting 'inhumane conditions of the US immigration system'

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Protesters dumped gallons of fake blood on a Southwest Portland street to send a message to ICE.

A small group of people from the groups Extinction Rebellion PDX and Occupy ICE PDX gathered outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement building on Southwest Macadam Avenue on Friday afternoon.

Activists held signs that read “ICE has blood on its hands.” People dressed in white jumpsuits with “ICE” emblazoned across their backs emptied 50-gallons of fake blood onto the street.

Extinction Rebellion released the following statement about the protest:

“Their action was a protest of the inhumane conditions of the US immigration system including those at detention camps at the Southern border and nationwide that are directly resulting in the deaths of immigrants, as well as an effort to highlight the role of climate change in forced migration worldwide.

The action is called “El Río De Sangre/The River Of Blood.” Río de Sangre is named to evoke both the Rio Grande and the bloodshed of the US’s racist immigration policies. The blood-made of water, food coloring, and xanthan gum-symbolized the lives lost in the journey across the border as well as in ICE and CBP custody, which include six young children. Protesters dipped their hands in the crimson liquid to signify that the US government has the blood of asylum-seekers on their hands.”

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