Pickup truck drives through crowd of protesters at Rhode Island ICE facility

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​A pickup truck drove through a crowd of protesters ​outside an Immigration and Customs Enforcement ​prison in Rhode Island on Wednesday evening, ​sparking a series of chaotic events that left five people​ injured​.

The black truck pulled up to a line of demonstrators on the sidewalk from the group “Never Again,” a Jewish group that compares detention centers with Nazi atrocities during the Holocaust.

In a video of the incident, the crowd stood along the side of the road shouting “close the camp” and “release the parents” as the truck suddenly swerved into them outside the ​Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility​ in Central Falls.​

Protesters said the prison houses immigrant detainees.

​The vehicle​ ​halted ​at the entrance of the employee parking lot ​for a moment and then ​moved forward again as people bang​ed​ on the hood, hop​ped​ on the bumpers and push​ed​ against it​.

​”​O​h my God, we have a truck that just ran over protesters,” a bystanders said on the video.

Others began chanting, “The whole world is watching.”

Moments later a few men wearing shirts with “corrections” written on the back showed up at the scene.

​Suddenly somebody fired a burst of pepper spray into the dozens gathered, as people rubbed their eyes, coughed and ​ ​stumbled from the area.

Protesters said the driver of the truck was an employee of the facility and one of the guards set off the pepper spray.

​Five people were injured – two struck by the truck and three ​hit with pepper spray.
Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Neronha and the state police said they will launch an investigation.

“Once we have a full understanding of the relevant facts, we will determine how to proceed,” Neronha said in a statement. “Peaceful protest is a fundamental right of all Americans; it is unfortunate last night’s situation unfolded as it did. We urge all to exercise restraint as our investigation proceeds.”

With Post wires



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