Protesters interrupt Perry, Christie at 2016 GOP event in Iowa

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN)A man was arrested Saturday at a conservative gathering widely considered the kickoff event for the 2016 Republican presidential race in Iowa.

Marco Malagon, 32, was part of a group of protesters who interrupted Rick Perry’s speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines, an event co-hosted by Rep. Steve King, one of the most outspoken opponents of illegal immigration.

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Shortly after Perry detailed his efforts to combat problems at the border as governor of Texas, whose final day in office was this week, a group representing the DREAM Action Coalition stood up and started chanting from the balcony.

Perry continued with his speech, trying to drown out the shouting with a more robust tone in his remarks. The audience soon joined in with applause, as police began escorting out the protesters.

Outside police officers dragged Malagon, who’s from Dallas, to a police car and arrested him.

Erika Andiola is an activist with the group and helped lead the effort Saturday. She made headlines in August when she confronted King at a fundraiser he was hosting with Sen. Rand Paul, another potential 2016 candidate.

    Gov. Chris Christie’s speech was also met with a protester, who was quickly ushered out. Christie, trying to resume his remarks, joked: « Don’t they know I am from New Jersey? »

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