Protest in Gaza closes the Golden Gate Bridge for hours, causing a stalemate on both sides of the span

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Traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge was closed in both directions for hours Monday morning when a group of pro-Palestinian protesters blocked southbound traffic midway across the span, according to the CHP.

CHP reopened the bridge to southbound traffic shortly after 12:15 p.m., while northbound traffic was stopped for several minutes as authorities cleared its parking area occupying those lanes while police and a CHP officer They arrested the protesters. Both addresses were reopened around 12:20 p.m.

CHP said drivers should expect residual delays.

The bridge protest was the second demonstration to affect traffic on Bay Area freeways. It was first reported shortly after 8 a.m., hours after A pro-Palestinian protest closed all lanes on I-880 in Oakland..

Southbound traffic on the stretch was at a standstill and traffic was backing up through the Robin Williams Tunnel and well beyond Sausalito on the southbound 101, CHP said.

CHP also reported that protesters were also trying to block traffic on the north side, although vehicles appeared to be crossing the stretch in that direction.

Helicopter footage of the protest on the Golden Gate Bridge showed protesters holding a banner reading “STOP THE WORLD FOR GAZA” in the southbound lanes. No traffic is seen moving in the northbound lanes in the video.

While protesters were only occupying the southbound lanes on the bridge, the CHP may have closed the northbound lanes while authorities attempted to clear the protest.

Shortly before 10:30 a.m., video from a helicopter showed protesters being detained, but the bridge remained closed. CHP was instructing drivers caught in the southbound traffic jam on Highway 101 to turn around as authorities attempted to clear some traffic from the freeway.

Around 11:45 a.m., CHP confirmed that 20 people had been arrested in total at the two protests. At noon, the cranes began to remove the vehicles with which the protesters had blocked the lanes from the bridge.

Chopper shows a pro-Palestinian protester detained by officers on the Golden Gate Bridge, April 15, 2024.


According to Bay City News Service, an additional protest is planned for noon at UN Plaza and Market and Hyde streets in San Francisco, by the Code Pink Group. An action by the group A15Action is also planned at 5:30 p.m. at the Tesla factory in Fremont.

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