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Oct 12, 2013 1:50 AM by Sam Salzwedel

All 18 protesters released after blocking deportation effort

TUCSON - All 18 people arrested after an immigration protest are getting out of jail. They all faced felony charges for Hindering Prosecution.

Protesters blocked a bus from deporting immigrants, and they also chained themselves to a gate at the federal courthouse.

The State recommended almost all of them held on a $1,700 bond, pointing out it was a large, well-organized and successful effort to obstruct the deportation process.

The judge released them without having to pay anything. He made them promise to appear on their next court date, and they are not allowed to return to the locations of their arrests.

Their next court appearance is October 31 at 1:30 p.m.

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