Pro-Palestine caravan blocks traffic in Minneapolis, 8 arrested 

Traffic camera images show the illegal demonstration causing a large traffic jam.

Traffic camera images show the illegal demonstration causing a large traffic jam. (Minnesota Department of Transportation)

The Minnesota State Patrol made eight arrests and issued two citations Monday evening after a vehicle caravan of pro-Palestine protesters blocked traffic in and around the Lowry Tunnel in Minneapolis.

“We received reports around 4:30 p.m. that groups were gathering on the pedestrian bridge near the tunnel and were affixing signs to state property. As troopers were working to handle that incident, it was reported that several vehicles were blocking the eastbound lanes of Interstate 94 in the tunnel. Troopers went to that scene and encountered vehicles intentionally impeding their response. Troopers made several arrests,” the State Patrol said in a statement.

In total, five adult males were arrested for obstruction and impeding traffic, one adult male was arrested for fleeing in a motor vehicle, and one adult female was arrested for possession of a firearm without a permit. A juvenile male was also booked into the Hennepin County Detention Center for fleeing in a motor vehicle.

Two citations were issued for impeding traffic. Eight vehicles and three trailers were towed from the scene, according to the State Patrol.

Traffic camera images show the illegal demonstration causing a large traffic jam. Progressive Hennepin County Attorney Mary Moriarty said she has requested the release of some of the protesters who were arrested.

“We support the right to exercise one’s First Amendment rights, but the freeway is not the place to do so. The closure of an interstate freeway for the purposes of a demonstration is unacceptable,” the State Patrol said. “Freeways are used by everyone and are an artery for emergency vehicles. It is illegal to walk on the freeway and blocking traffic is dangerous for everyone involved or impacted.”

 

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