Protesters Shut Down Golden Gate Bridge By Chaining Themselves To Barriers

Protesters display a poster depicting U.S. President Joe Biden as a clown during an Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Day rally outside the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, April 5, 2024. Al-Quds Day which was declared by the late Iranian spiritual leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 1979 as a day of struggle against Israel and to demonstrate the importance of Jerusalem to Muslims is observed every last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Protesters are causing major traffic issues across the Bay Area, including in Oakland and on the Golden Gate Bridge, as part of a worldwide economic blockade in solidarity with Palestine.

The first protest Monday morning happened on northbound I-880 in Oakland at 5th Ave., where Protesters brought barrels filled with concrete onto the highway and chained themselves to the barrels. Law enforcement had to cut through the barrels before they could arrest the protesters. Only one lane has been opened.

Southbound I-880 has also closed as hundreds of protesters made their way onto the highway with banners. This is at 7th St. in West Oakland. CHP says only one person has been arrested so far.

Protesters have also blocked all lanes in the southbound direction of the Golden Gate Bridge. It is now backed up for miles into Marin. As of 10:30 a.m., protesters were beginning to be arrested on the Golden Gate Bridge.

Organizers say these protests are a part of A15, a worldwide economic blockade in solidarity with Palestine and calling for an arms embargo and an end to US taxpayer funding for Israel. Monday is the tax deadline for most Americans.

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