NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Thousands of activists armed with flags, puppets and cow bells took to the city’s streets on Wednesday to rally for immigration reform and labor rights as part of worldwide May Day protests.
In a scene reminiscent of Occupy Wall Street’s heyday, protesters marched in downtown Manhattan toward City Hall waving banners and banging on drums. The peaceful crowd was largely composed of unions and immigration reform groups, with some anti-capitalism and Occupy protesters mixed in.READ MORE: Police: Adrian Quarless Arrested For Sexually Assaulting, Robbing Woman In Williamsburg
A total of eight people were arrested in connection with the protest.
As WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported, demonstrators representing the Transport Workers Union, the United Federation of Teachers and the Musicians Union all took part in the march down Broadway. It seemed that nearly every union in the city was represented at the demonstration, Diamond reported.
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Many of those marching held signs demanding immigration reform, Diamond reported.
One of them was Amy Velez.
“I’m Colombian. My country’s bleeding (because of) the U.S.A. intervention, and then when we come over here, we have no welcome,” Velez told 1010 WINS’ Al Jones. “Why the hell is that?”