Protesters snarl traffic in D.C.

UPDATE 8:15 a.m. Monday, Dec. 1: Traffic is stopped at 14th and D
streets in Northwest D.C. because of a protest.

Below is a video live stream of the protest. Editor’s note: some of the
content may be considered offensive.



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WASHINGTON — Protesters are planning to demonstrate at the Department of
Justice Monday — just one day after a group of protesters blocked a D.C.
interstate highway.

On Monday, protesters opposing last week’s Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury
decision
regarding the police shooting of Michael Brown, plan to meet at the Department
of
Justice located at 950
Pennsylvania Avenue in Northwest at 1:01 p.m.

“On Monday, Dec 1st people around the country will be walking out of their
schools and places of work in solidarity with Ferguson communities across the
country effected by police violence,” the event’s website says.

Similar demonstrations are planned around the country — including ones in
McLean, Virginia, and Baltimore, according to the Ferguson National Response Network
website.

On Sunday, protesters — many holding signs opposing the grand jury decision –
blocked
traffic on the Southeast-Southwest Freeway of Interstate-395.

The D.C. Department of Transportation reported the highway was closed Sunday
afternoon near the 3rd Street Tunnel. Images online showed a line of
protesters holding hands, blocking traffic in both directions. Police were on
the scene.

The highway was reopened to traffic a short time later.

It wasn’t the first time protesters snarled traffic in the D.C. area. On
Saturday, protesters blocked streets in the busy Georgetown neighborhood and
in the Pentagon City area of Arlington County.

The protests remained peaceful and nonviolent.

It is not yet clear if the protesters intend to create traffic delays Monday
morning.

“From the #ShutItDown actions that have blocked major highways and
intersections to the #BlackoutBlackFriday protests,the message is clear: No
more business as usual,” the event’s website says.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. Follow @WTOP on Twitter and WTOP on Facebook.

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