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Published on May 28, 2024
Pro-Palestinian Protesters Temporarily Block 101 Freeway Traffic in Los AngelesSource: Matt Hrkac from Melbourne, Australia, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Los Angeles was hit with an unexpected disruption when pro-Palestinian protesters briefly blocked traffic on the 101 Freeway near the Spring Street exit, creating a standstill that rippled through the city's arteries on Monday afternoon. Reports by NBC Los Angeles indicated the demonstration started on nearby surface streets before escalating to the blockade which lasted for a critical period during the evening rush.

According to ABC7, the protesters, aligned with the Palestinian cause amid the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, took their message to the freeway around 4 p.m., commandeering northbound lanes. Their number swallows part of the roadway, forcing commuters to a grinding halt. After their freeway demonstration, they proceeded to continue their protest at the L.A. City Hall steps.

This disruption comes as tensions continue to rise across the U.S. in the wake of the Israel-Hamas conflict, an issue that has not only stoked international debate but local unrest and solidarity. As per FOX 11 Los Angeles, the protest blocked freeway traffic for less than an hour on Memorial Day, sparking a brief yet intense local and national conversation on the impact of the conflict at home.