The Associated Press
From left, protestors Dayanna Rebolledo, Maria Marroquin, and Andrea Rosales, join hands before being arrested during a demonstration to bring attention to rights for illegal immigrants such as education, Tuesday, April 5, 2011 in Atlanta.
ATLANTA (AP) - Seven illegal immigrants arrested while blocking a downtown Atlanta street have been instructed to perform community service.
An Atlanta municipal court judge on Wednesday agreed to the penalty. The seven are charged with violating two city ordinances: obstructing traffic and prohibited conduct during assembly. An assistant solicitor says the charges will be dropped once they complete their community service.
The young people were arrested Tuesday, after they sat in the middle of a downtown street for more than an hour.
They protested to bring national attention to the issue of equal access to higher education for illegal immigrants.
Police told The Associated Press Tuesday eight protesters had been arrested, but the court said Wednesday it was seven.
U.S. immigration authorities have not said whether they'll pursue action against the protesters.