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Lights for Liberty immigration protest being held in Tallahassee

Posted at 6:26 PM, Jul 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-12 18:26:46-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Disturbing images are causing a growing resistance against immigration detention camps and the inhumane conditions at the facilities.

Protesters Friday night will stand in solidarity across the world, hoping to put an end to these facilities.

One of those protests happening in Florida's Capital City. It will get started at 8:00 p.m. outside the old Capitol Building on North Monroe Street.

With 700 of these protests happening Friday on five continents, one Tallahassee man wanted to make sure the Capital City was part of the movement.

This rally was planned last minute and already almost 200 people say they're going to show up on the Facebook event page.

The goal is to call attention to reported mistreatment through protests being called Lights for Liberty.

The event website describes standing room only cells, infants going without diapers, and a lack of basic nutrition and hygiene in these detention facilities.

Concerned people, now speaking out, saying this treatment is simply inhumane.

"This is actually a torture treatment we use in foreign countries, sleep deprivation, it's intentional to make them uncomfortable. It's a punishment," said Brian Kemery, organizer of Tallahassee Lights for Liberty protest. "The extent of the mistreatment is more the negligence. It's essentially a morality issue where we should treat people with dignity."

Kemery says this is a peaceful message that America is a place of refuge, not imprisonment, for those seeking protection. He says these rallies are just the start.

The overall goal is to continue supporting the dozens of organizations that are doing hands-on work with recent immigrant arrivals.

Everyone is welcome to come to the Capitol at 8:00 p.m. Friday to support Lights for Liberty.