Los Angeles prosecutors have charged 33 immigrants' rights activists with a variety of misdemeanor crimes related to three protests beginning in May that blocked city streets.
Among the charges are remaining at an unlawful assembly, resisting arrest, delaying or obstructing an officer and blocking a sidewalk or street.
Conviction on a charge of resisting arrest would result in up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Those charged with unlawful assembly face up to six months in jail if found guilty, a spokesman for the city attorney's office said.
In the first incident on May 6, eight women and six men participated in a protest against Arizona's anti-illegal immigration law by blocking an intersection near the federal courthouse on Alameda Street in downtown L.A. They locked their hands together inside tubular devices.