Several thousand protest Arpaio's Tent City

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More than 1,000 critics of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio gathered Saturday night for a rally to call for the closure of the sheriff's complex of canvas jail tents.

Organizers claim conditions in Arpaio's "Tent City" complex are inhumane.

The sheriff has said he doesn't see any problems with housing inmates in tents and often points out that some members of the U.S. military live in tents.

Arpaio was at the protest to defend his policies and conducted tours of Tent City to a few protesters.

The county's jails were closed to visitors on Saturday in anticipation of the rally.

The rally was held by the immigrant rights group Puente Arizona and the Unitarian Universalist Association, which is holding its annual convention in Phoenix this weekend.

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