75 detained in downtown LA 110 Freeway protest that halted traffic

A protest on the 110 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles halted morning traffic for more than an hour Wednesday.

Protesters locked arms at 9 a.m. on the freeway’s southbound side near Third Street. Officers from the California Highway Patrol responded to the scene, where the morning drive had come to a halt. Traffic was backed up on surrounding streets and freeways.

It was backed up for miles on the southbound 110 Freeway, well past the 5 Freeway.

Just before 10 a.m., CHP officers began arresting people. The majority of the demonstrators had been evacuated by 10:30 a.m., but some automobiles looked to have stuck due to mechanical issues, adding to the traffic woes. The vehicles were towed away by tow trucks.

The CHP stated that 75 people were arrested, but it was unclear whether all of them were demonstrators.

The 110 Freeway connects downtown Los Angeles to Long Beach to the south and cities in the San Gabriel Valley to the northeast.

An organization seeking for a long-term Israel-Hamas ceasefire in Gaza organized the rally. Hundreds of demonstrators shut down lanes on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in November, demanding that President Joe Biden call a cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas conflict.

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