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Rounding out the day in Phoenix

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Protesters rally across the street from the downtown office of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Update: The Arizona Republic is now reporting that at least 50 people were arrested during Thursday's protests. At least two were journalists, eventually released without charges.

It was a long, hot and heated day in Phoenix, with protests throughout downtown on the day that a pared-down SB 1070 went into effect. Opponents of the controversial anti-illegal immigration law from within and outside Arizona had long planned events to coincide with the law's implementation. And an 11-hour injunction by a federal judge on Wednesday, which blocked its most hotly contested provisions, did not deter its opponents from protesting the law as well as the political climate in Arizona.


Protesters, cops clash at county booking jail


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Outside the county booking facility

A protester confronts Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies in riot gear at the entrance to the county's central booking facility downtown.

Several anti-SB 1070 protesters have been arrested at the site, including some who blocked the entrance earlier.


Civil disobedience at Sheriff Arpaio's booking facility


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Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix

Unitarian minister Susan Frederick-Gray is among those who have blocked the entrance to the central booking facility of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

"Not one more mother gets pulled away from her children," she said, referring to the separation of families by deportation.


Tension and a heavy police presence as protesters shout 'Arrest Arpaio'


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Outside Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office

An anti-SB 1070 protester with a bullhorn walks past a line of Phoenix police, who have blocked the street in front of Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office.

No counter-protesters have shown up, though a few downtown office workers have stopped by to watch. Most have been reluctant to comment. "This is just craziness," one woman said.


Wearing his message on his shirt


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The shirt speaks for him

At a protest outside Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office in downtown Phoenix, a bicyclist identifying himself only as Henry, 31, was short on comments: "I just came down to see this," he said.

His T-shirt did the talking for him.