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Monday, January 18, 2016

Protesters Block Bay Bridge for Almost an Hour; Traffic Moving Again

Posted By on Mon, Jan 18, 2016 at 4:40 PM

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It's still a bit of a snarl at the Bay Bridge entering San Francisco at the moment, as protesters affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement succeeded in blocking all five lanes of westbound traffic for almost an hour. 

Protesters appear to have exited from cars, unfurled banners reading "Black Health Matters," and chained themselves across the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge just before 3:45 p.m., according to media and Twitter accounts on-scene.
At 4:15 p.m., the California Highway Patrol had begun to take protesters into custody, with at least 12 in handcuffs on the side of the bridge, according to ABC-7's live streaming feed.

Traffic has begun moving again as of 4:45 p.m., but in the meantime, cars were backed up as far away as Berkeley.

Hope you didn't have to be in the city this evening — or if you did, hope you took BART.

We'll add to this post as more details become available, but here's what we know.
Using a tactic similar to the link of chains that halted BART for a time on Black Friday 2014, protesters exited a line of stopped cars and chained themselves across the bridge, halting traffic entirely. 
The scene turned a wee bit surreal, with motorists, journalists, and police officers all photographing the protesters as chants broke out.
Meanwhile, the line of cars got long.

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Really long.

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This latest action capped off a busy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the Bay Area, where protesters shouted Mayor Ed Lee off of a stage, and where Lee and former Mayor Willie Brown both skipped out of attending longstanding MLK Day events (fear of a protested planet, perhaps)?

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Chris Roberts has spent most of his adult life working in San Francisco news media, which is to say he's still a teenager in Middle American years. He has covered marijuana, drug policy, and politics for SF Weekly since 2009.

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