Rev. Jesse Jackson freed after Freeport workers' protest arrest - FOX 32 News Chicago

Jackson freed after Freeport workers' protest arrest

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FREEPORT, Ill. (Associated Press) -

The Rev. Jesse Jackson says he joined workers at a northern Illinois plant that's slated to close because their fight to save their jobs is "the essence of the American struggle."

Jackson was taken into custody Wednesday with about a dozen other protesters who marched onto the property at Sensata Technologies. The company is in the process of moving its Freeport manufacturing operations to China, at a cost of 170 jobs from the Illinois plant.

Company officials say most of the plant's revenues are generated in Asia, making the move a logical decision.

The protesters were cited for violating Freeport's trespassing ordinance and released. Jackson said the protests will continue next week.

The civil rights leader has been among other high-profile supporters who've visited the workers. The Rev. Al Sharpton recently held a rally in Freeport.

Freeport police didn't immediately have comment.

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