58 arrested at Harlem protest for subway candy vendor

HARLEM, Manhattan (WABC) -- Several protesters have been arrested after demonstrating against the arrest of people selling food and candy in subway stations.

Authorities say 58 arrests occurred during the protests Friday evening in Harlem on 122nd Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard.

The protests come after Governor Cuomo's recent announcement that he plans to hire 500 MTA officers to add to policing in the subway in light of recent arrests. Protesters say this is not the answer, and there needs to be better social equity for people who ride the subway and can't afford to make ends meet.

Multiple police cars were vandalized.

"The numbers are already out there. It would cost 250 million dollars a year to hire those cops and it's about 200 million of fare evasion. The math says this is not what this is about," says MTA subway operator Seth Rosenberg.

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