Fenced up: Protesters rally in Chinatown as new jail construction prepares to begin 

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Shortly after sunrise on April 11 protesters rallied against the erection of construction fences around a portion of the Manhattan Detention Complex, also known as Tombs, along the intersection of Centre and White Streets in preparation for a new, larger jail in Chinatown. 

Neighbors United Below Canal (NUBC) and its co-founder Council Member Christopher Marte, along with fellow advocates, continued their ongoing battle against the borough-based jail plan. While Marte and others in attendance are in support of closing Rikers Island, they have decried the creation of a “mega jail” in a community they say continues to suffer from the negative social and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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