According to MDC organizers, ICIRR and some individuals from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) did not want them at the front of the march with them. Marshals wearing yellow vests from SEIU and ICIRR linked their arms to block the MDC organizers from moving.

Garcia asked why they could not cross. They believed they had a right to move because they had something to say. They wanted to be at the front with their banner, where all the press and cameras were, and thought there was nothing wrong with doing that.

Suddenly, Garcia recalled, a cop came “out of nowhere” and said “come here.” He signaled and Garcia tried to walk away, but Garcia was apprehended and then arrested