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Jan 15, 2015 7:34 AM

Boston area highway blocked by protesters

The Associated Press

BOSTON - Activists protesting what they call "police and state violence against black people" have chained themselves to barriers and blocked a busy Boston area highway at the height of the morning commute.

State police say in response to the Thursday morning protest, they shut down Interstate 93 north at East Milton Square south of the city, and I-93 south at Mystic Avenue north of the city.

Police say some protesters had chained themselves to 1,200-pound barrels.

State police later tweeted that two of the four northbound lanes at East Milton Square has reopened to traffic.

The protest was organized by the Boston contingent of Black Lives Matter.

The organization said in a statement that the protest was intended to "to confront white complacency in the systemic oppression of black people in Boston."


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