Los Angeles Freeway Blocked by Trump Protesters
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Several hundred people flooded onto one of the busiest freeways in Los Angeles, causing a miles-long traffic backup in protest of the presidential election of Donald Trump.
The protesters, who had remained peaceful and not overly disruptive for most of the night, poured on to U.S. 101, which links downtown LA to Hollywood, and stayed there for most of an hour. Drivers sat and waited. Many got out of their cars.
The crowd was slowly starting to disperse as many of the demonstrators left the freeway and others were taken into police custody.
There was no violence between officers and protesters.
The demonstrators were among thousands who took to streets in protest of Trump across the country, from New York to Texas to much of the West Coast.
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Police in Oakland, California blocked thousands of people protesting Donald Trump's election from getting onto a highway Wednesday night.
The crowd chanting and waving signs gathered in Frank Ogawa Plaza in downtown Oakland in the afternoon. Officials said the crowd had swelled to 6,000 people by evening.
By late Wednesday, two groups that set small fires on streets remained in the area.
Officers in riot gear stood guard and blocked them from marching onto nearby Interstate 90.
Television images showed some in the crowd dragging plywood and trash cans to feed one fire.