Immigration protesters flock to Philadelphia Pence event

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 20, 2018 5:36 AM

A demonstrator holds a placard as thousands of protestors crowd Rittenhouse Square near a hotel hosting a meeting with Vice President Mike Pence, Tuesday June 19, 2018 in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

(Philadelphia) -- Hundreds of protesters have gathered in a Philadelphia park near a hotel where Vice President Mike Pence spoke at a fundraiser for the Republican Governors Association.

Many protesters carried signs decrying the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy on migrants that has resulted in the separation of parents and children.

Organizers arranged about 50 pairs of children's shoes into the word "No" on the walkway facing the Rittenhouse Hotel.

Throngs of people, many of whom came to the downtown park after work, continued to arrive well after the start of the rally.

Police officers had shut down streets on two sides of the park to restrict access to the hotel where Pence was speaking.

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