Bay Bridge reopens after MLK Day protests shut down all westbound lanes

by Mario Sevilla : kron4 – excerpt – (videos)

OAKLAND (KRON) — Over a thousand demonstrators shut down several Bay Area roads, including the westbound Bay Bridge lanes near Treasure Island and Interstate 80 ramps in Emeryville, demanding justice in the wake of the Mario Woods shooting earlier in December.

But just after 4:30 p.m., all westbound lanes of the Bay Bridge have reopened after protesters shut down all lanes just east of Treasure Island Monday afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The protesters stopped on the bridge just east of Treasure Island and chained themselves together and to several cars just before 4 p.m., CHP Officer Vu Williams said. It took about 30 minutes to cut the chains and get the protesters moved to the side of the bridge so traffic could move again.

Twenty-five people were arrested for impeding the flow of traffic, unlawful assembly, and being a public nuisance, the CHP said. Their cars were impounded and they were taken to the CHP San Francisco office to be booked.

Members of protest groups Black Seed and the Black Queer Liberation Collective took responsibility for the protest in a statement, citing recent police shootings. The protest was part of a series of actions for Martin Luther King Jr. Day… (more)



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