Protesters shut down Interstate 70 west of St. Louis in both directions for nearly a half an hour during rush hour traffic Monday evening.
Fox 2 News reports at approximately 5:30pm, protesters marking the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of Michael Brown put out barriers reading “Ferguson is everywhere” near the Blanchette Memorial Bridge on I-70. They then linked arm-in-arm across the highway, blocking traffic. The bridge crosses the Missouri River about 12 miles west of Ferguson.
One motorist apparently had enough and broke through the line of people, as protesters swarmed around his vehicle trying to stop him, with some pounding on the hood of his SUV.
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Police, after allowing the protest to last approximately 20 minutes, moved in and broke it up, opening traffic flow in both directions at 5:50pm. Authorities arrested several protesters who refused to leave.
On Facebook, Michael Brown Sr. posted a thank you message to those who had protested at various locations around the city in memory of Michael Brown’s death: “My family and I are truly humbled by the level of support that we received over this weekend. Our marches were all done very peacefully. So please be careful, mindful and protect yourselves from those who would like to see this be unsuccessful.”
As reported by Western Journalism, following the outbreak of violence Sunday during protests, St Louis County authorities declared a state of emergency on Monday.
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