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New Bedford Immigrants Commemorate Factory Raid By Fasting

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A handful of immigrants living in New Bedford will be fasting over the next several days in remembrance of the Michael Bianco Factory raid six years ago.

David Rolando Oliva, director of the Workers Community Center, along with several others, will live on nothing more than water and honey for 72 hours beginning Wednesday afternoon, in order to send a message to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Speaking through a translator, Oliva tells WBSM News immigrants are still feeling the ripple effects of the raid that netted over 360 workers.

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Oliva says immigrants are just trying to better the lives of themselves and their families.

Several days of events will mark the sixth anniversary of the raid, with a service being held Wednesday at 2:30pm at Grace Episcopal Church in New Bedford.

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