Protesters supporting Palestine block roads in US cities in response to conflict in Gaza | Israel-Gaza Conflict Updates

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Activists in Illinois, California, New York, and the Pacific Northwest have organized protests that blocked highways and disrupted travel, causing delays at major airports and landmarks. In Chicago, protesters obstructed lanes on Interstate 190 leading to O’Hare International Airport as part of a global demonstration for Palestinian freedom. Similar actions were taken in California, where demonstrators chained themselves to barrels on I-880 in Oakland and disrupted traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge. In Eugene, Oregon, protesters blocked Interstate 5, while on the East Coast, protesters marching into Brooklyn halted traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge. These protests come in response to the recent conflict in Gaza, with antiwar demonstrations occurring in Chicago on a near-daily basis. Protesters at O’Hare advised travelers to find alternative routes, as car travel was significantly delayed. Some travelers abandoned their cars to walk to the airport, acknowledging it as a minor inconvenience compared to the larger issues at hand. Law enforcement made arrests at various protests, with demonstrators in some areas refusing to disperse. The California Highway Patrol and Oregon State Police reported multiple arrests for disorderly conduct, emphasizing the unlawful and dangerous nature of blocking highways for protests. In New York, San Antonio, and near Seattle, similar protests led to arrests and traffic disruptions as activists continued to advocate for a ceasefire in Gaza.

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