Hawaiians are protesting President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration policies in the state, with a few arrests.
The demonstrations began Monday night and were held outside the U.S. Capitol.
As of Tuesday morning, they had grown to more than 1,000 protesters, according to the Hawai’i County Sheriff’s Office.
Police say they had received a “number of calls regarding protesters and rioting” from around the country.
The Sheriff’s office tweeted on Tuesday that more than 500 protesters had been arrested so far.
Protesters set fires and set trash on Capitol grounds, the Sheriff’s Twitter account reported.
Protesters also set off fireworks in front of the U of Hawai’ians Building.
Protesters have also set fires outside of the Capitol and other places, including a police station.
Protesters said they were not protesting for any specific policy, but rather their right to assemble.
A spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office told The Verge that the department was aware of the demonstrations and that the office was “committed to responding appropriately to any and all lawful protests.”
The U. of Hawai’s building has been the site of a string of protests in recent months over immigration and President Trump.
In April, several protesters set off firecrackers outside the building, causing damage to the building and forcing the police to close it off for hours.
Protesters gathered on the roof of the building at night and then set off a large fire on the ground floor.
On March 2, several thousand protesters gathered at the top of the dome and chanted “black lives matter,” according to CBS News.
On Feb. 14, more than 10,000 people attended a rally in front the Uof Hawai’is Building in front a giant American flag.
The rally was in response to Trump’s executive order temporarily banning refugees and visitors from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
Protesters say that, while they support free speech and a robust press, Trump’s actions have led to increased threats against people of color and the LGBT community.
In addition to protests, a group of young Hawaiians took to the streets earlier this week.
On Saturday, the group held a protest in front Uof Hilo’s Aloha Building, where they hung a banner that read “No Trump, No KKK, No hate.”
The group, which has a strong presence on social media, called on people to gather in front Aloha building and the UHH campus to protest the Trump administration’s policies.