Protesters representing an offshoot of the Black Lives Matter movement briefly blocked traffic on San Francisco’s Bay Bridge Monday afternoon in what one group leader called “a strong, courageous stand in solidarity” with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The protest took place during the holiday celebrating King’s birthday.
Protesters from a self-proclaimed “black queer liberation collective” called Black.Seed had planned to stay chained to the bridge for 96 minutes, to represent the 96 hours of action protests that took place in Oakland over the weekend, said Mia Birdsong, a spokeswoman for the group. But the protest lasted less than an hour, local media reported.
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Shortly before 4 p.m. PT, protesters stopped a line of cars on the westbound span and linked them with chains across five lanes to block traffic. The protesters also chained themselves together, according to video provided by KTVU-TV. At the foot of the line of cars, the protesters displayed a large sign that read “Black Health Matters.”
About 30 minutes after the protest began, police began arresting protesters and moving cars. They quickly reopened three lanes.
A dozen or more protesters were detained, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
The protest took place after police in nearby Emeryville, Calif., shut down an off-ramp of eastbound Interstate 80 during a separate MLK Day protest — that one began in Oakland and moved into Emeryville, on the east side of the bridge, the Chronicle reported.
Source: USA Today | Greg Toppo