Politics 2017: International Women Day–Day Without a Woman Rally

More than a dozen demonstrators involved in the New York City protest near the president’s Trump International Hotel and Tower were arrested on Wednesday.

The NYPD confirmed that 13 people were arrested Wednesday afternoon, not long after the International Women’s Day marchers had made their way to the Columbus Circle hotel for the “Day Without a Woman” rally.

The Women’s March, the organization behind the “Day Without a Woman” strike happening nationwide on Wednesday, confirmed that the 13 people taken into custody were organizers and supporters of the event. Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour, Carmen Perez, and Bob Bland were among those arrested for civil disobedience.

“Today, the national leaders of the Women’s March gathered with allies and those participating in the day’s actions for a show of solidarity and revolutionary love,” a rep for the organization told THR. “After a peaceful protest in New York City in honor of A Day Without a Woman, 13 organizers and supporters were arrested by the New York City Police Department in an act of civil disobedience outside of Trump International Hotel & Towers.”

The NYPD could not confirm the charges, or the sex or ages of those who were arrested, when speaking to THR.

Gloria Steinem (with red scarf) and protesters at the Women's March on Washington on Jan. 21
According to the AP, about 1,000 people, many women dressed in red, gathered on Fifth Avenue outside Trump Tower to demonstrate on International Women’s Day. The protest was part of the nationwide “A Day Without a Woman” event, which was spurred by the success of the Jan. 21 Women’s March on Washington following Trump’s presidential inauguration.

“We are blocking traffic as a form of civil disobedience in Columbus Circle (outside Trump Hotel). #DayWithoutAWoman,” the official account for the Women’s March posted around 1:30 p.m. ET.

The account then shared photos of at least 10 women saying they were arrested.

“We are not sure what precinct we are being taken to at the moment. But we are together, reSisters,” the account shared.