Update: The Women's March released a statement confirming the activists' arrest. "13 organizers and supporters of the Women's March were arrested today by the New York City Police Department in an act of civil disobedience outside Trump International Hotel and Towers in Columbus Circle," the release read.
At least one of the Women's March organizers, Carmen Perez, has been released according to her Twitter. Though Perez tweeted that she was out of jail, she said other women who had been arrested remained.
Original Story: To honor International Women's Day, the group behind the historic Women's March that followed President Donald Trump's inauguration decided to organize A Day Without a Woman. This powerful strike called for females everywhere to take the day off from labor to show what a day absent of women would look like.
When the organizers of the widespread movement took to the streets of New York City wearing all red to march, they used social media to share their whereabouts for anyone interested in joining their protest. Their first stop? Trump's hotel, naturally.
We are blocking traffic as a form of civil disobedience in Columbus Circle (outside Trump Hotel). #DayWithoutAWoman— Women's March (@womensmarch) March 8, 2017
But apparently officers weren't pleased with the wave of red that was blocking traffic, as a handful of the protesters were arrested, including march organizers Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory.
Here is footage of Sarsour getting arrested.
Linda Sarsour was just arrested outside Trump International for disorderly conduct. pic.twitter.com/SOais39G7L
— Isaac Saul (@Ike_Saul) March 8, 2017
Despite their arrests, the women present continued to rally together to show they're not planning to back down in the face of opposition.
— Women's March (@womensmarch) March 8, 2017
The Women's March organizers released an official statement that partly explained what went down. "Today, the national leaders of the Women's March on Washington gathered with allies and those participating in the day's actions for a show of solidarity and revolutionary love," they wrote. "After a peaceful protest in New York City in honor of A Day Without a Woman, 10 organizers were arrested by the New York City Police Department in an act of civil disobedience."
We have reached out to local police for more details on why exactly the organizers were arrested and how long they're being detained. We will update this post when we hear back.