4 protesters climb crane in Downtown Phoenix

[Via AP/ABC 15.com]

Michael Chow/The Arizona Republic

Four protesters demonstrating against Arizona’s new immigration law have been arrested after scaling a 200-foot-high construction crane in downtown Phoenix to unfurl a banner.

A Phoenix Fire Department spokesman says the four people are experienced climbers and climbed the crane near Central Avenue and Jefferson Street about 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Phoenix Fire Department personnel were standing by with rescue gear in case the climbers get stuck.

Air15 video showed two people in harnesses hanging from the arm of the crane suspended over the street. The other two could be seen standing above on the crane.

They eventually unraveled a sign reading ‘Stop Hate’ protesting SB 1070 and 287g.

After they unfurled the protest banner, the four descended from the crane and were taken into custody by Phoenix police who say they likely will be charged with trespassing.

The names of the protesters were not immediately released.

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