Immigrant rights activists blocked traffic in front of South Coast Plaza Monday to protest against Costa Mesa's recent "Rule of Law" proclamation and to call for comprehensive immigration reform.
A dozen protesters bound themselves with duct tape to plastic chairs while sitting around a table in the middle of the busy intersection of Bristol Street and Anton Boulevard around 3 p.m, blocking an entrance to the upscale shopping mall.
About 200 others chanted from the corners, some beating drums and waving signs.
Police officers blocked traffic in all directions and then arrested each of the 12 sitting protesters, who were bound to each other with tubes that had written words including "community," "immigrants united" and "workers' rights."
They chose that location, organizers said, mainly because the Costa Mesa City Council voted unanimously in May to declare itself a "Rule of Law" city, a ceremonial stance against illegal immigration. Mayor Allan Mansoor called for the resolution to say the city would not be a sanctuary for illegal immigrants.