"I do not dignify this as an arrest. This was an abduction. It is an act of state sanctioned persecution and discriminatory profiling.
Just as AZ SB1070 is not a law, the taking into custody of Salvador Reza today represents the policies of persecution that are the inevitable result of the complicity of the Obama administration via the 287g agreements with local law enforcement such as Maricopa county Sheriff J. Arpaio.
This was an abduction not only of Salvador Reza, but of the protections of human rights for all in the state of Arizona."
- TUPAC ENRIQUE ACOSTA, Tonatierra--Statement to the Press
On Friday, July 30, human rights leader Salvador Reza observed activists risking arrest in Phoenix in protest of SB 1070. The video shows the arrest of the six. It continues, however, to show that police then crossed the street to also apprehend Reza.
Reza was freed a few hours ago. His apprehension does not make me feel safer. I feel increasingly unsafe in this nation.
That is a byproduct of standing in solidarity with those whose ethnicity is anything other than white.