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Posted: Thursday, July 29, 2010 1:10 pm | Updated: 11:16 pm, Fri Jul 30, 2010.

Hundreds of people demonstrated against Arizona's new immigration law on Thursday despite a federal judge's last-minute decision to block the most controversial parts of the measure, and about 50 people were arrested.

At least 32 demonstrators were detained after refusing to stop blocking the entrance to the Maricopa County jail in downtown Phoenix. Sheriff's deputies in riot gear opened the large steel doors leading to the building and waded out into the crowd, hauling off those who didn't move.

Among those arrested at the jail was a photographer for The Arizona Republic, Dave Seibert. Sheriff's spokesman Brian Lee said he did not know why Seibert was taken into custody.

Earlier in the day, two dozen people were arrested outside the sheriff's offices and the federal courthouse. Former state Sen. Alfredo Gutierrez, who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2002, was among them.

Demonstrators who had promised nonviolent civil disobedience followed through by peacefully confronting officers, sitting down in the street or crossing police lines.

Demonstrators first marched from the state Capitol at dawn, then held a prayer service at a local church before heading to the courthouse where Judge Susan Bolton issued her ruling on Wednesday.

Chanting "Sheriff Joe, we are here, we will not live in fear," marchers then headed to the office of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who has made a crackdown on illegal immigration one of his signature issues. Arpaio plans to send hundreds of officers into a neighborhood later Thursday. Blocks from the office, they paused in front of a county building to rally.

Among the crowd was a drummer wearing a papier-mache Sheriff Joe head and dressed in prison garb.

Demonstrators had promised nonviolent civil disobedience, and it happened in front of the sheriff's office. Protest were planned later in front of Arpaio's famous "tent city jail," which he expanded in anticipation of a surge of arrests under the new law.

As they arrived at the sheriff's office, hundreds of people flooded into the street, blocking traffic and swarming around several cars caught in the demonstration. Police moved in to try to allow the drivers to leave, as the crowd shouted, "we will not comply."

Over the next hour, the crowd surged, chanted, yelled and some protesters forced the arrests. They then moved on the to jail.

In New York City, about 300 immigrant advocates gathered near the federal courthouse in lower Manhattan to protest the Arizona law.

Demonstrators, who held signs that said "Do I Look Illegal?" and chanted "We are America," declared partial victory after Wednesday's ruling.

"It's one step closer for us, but I think the fight is still ahead," said Adelfa Lugo, a 56-year-old Mexican-born Brooklyn resident who joined the protest. "If we don't fight this in Arizona, this anti-immigrant feeling will spread across the country."

New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams, a first-generation Caribbean-American, told the crowd: "We won a slight battle in Arizona, we've got to continue with the war."

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