Traffic Halted and 75 Arrested as Protestors Block 110 Freeway in Downtown LA

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A protest on Wednesday morning disrupted traffic on the 110 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles as demonstrators linked arms, causing a standstill around 9 a.m. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) responded to the scene, leading to traffic backups that stretched beyond the 5 Freeway.

The protest, located on the southbound side of the 110 Freeway near Third Street, resulted in significant delays, affecting nearby streets and freeways. The traffic congestion persisted for over an hour, with backups extending for miles.

CHP officers began making arrests just before 10 a.m., and by 10:30 a.m., most protesters had been removed from the freeway. However, some vehicles experienced mechanical issues during the disruption, exacerbating the traffic situation. Tow trucks were deployed to remove the stalled vehicles.

According to the CHP, a total of 75 people were arrested during the incident, though it remains unclear whether all of them were protesters.

The 110 Freeway serves as a crucial transportation route, connecting downtown Los Angeles with Long Beach to the south and San Gabriel Valley communities to the northeast.

The protest was organized by a group advocating for a lasting ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas War in Gaza. This incident follows a similar demonstration in November when dozens of protesters shut down lanes on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge for approximately four hours, calling on President Joe Biden to demand a cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas conflict.

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