Three protesters were arrested for blocking the main highway to Lynden in response to a Donald Trump rally Saturday, May 7.
The protesters with a Mijente Seattle group chained themselves to ladders and linked arms to block Guide Meridian around 3 p.m., the time the presidential candidate had been scheduled to arrive at Bellingham International Airport. Trump arrived safely in Lynden via another route.
The protest at a bridge over the Nooksack River was live-streamed on ustream.tv.
On the video one of the protesters, Neah Lin Monteiro, 31, said since Trump has started campaigning, she has seen more outright acts of bigotry in the local community.
Supporters said they wanted to “block bigotry,” and to “Make Lynden Coast Salish Again,” a reference to how the land once belonged to Native Americans. Trump’s campaign slogan is “Make American Great Again.”
Monteiro and two others, Josefina Alanis-Mora, 18, and Thomas Correia Kaplan, 22, were booked into Whatcom County Jail on charges of disorderly conduct.
They were released minutes later on personal recognizance.
Trump’s campaign stop in Whatcom County wasn’t interrupted by the protest.