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#BlackLivesMatter protesters block highway with concrete barrels outside Boston

Firefighters had to saw through the 1,200-pound roadblocks.


Miles Klee


Posted on Jan 15, 2015   Updated on May 29, 2021, 6:29 pm CDT

Law enforcement and commuters were equally baffled this morning by a #BlackLivesMatter demonstration that saw Interstate 93 blocked in Milton and Medford, Mass. Some activists had apparently managed to seal their arms inside 1,200-pound barrels of concrete.

Both northbound and southbound traffic was snarled, and at least 23 protesters were arrested, according to WCVB 5, which quoted participant Katie Seitz on the reason for the obstruction: 

“Today, our nonviolent direct action is meant to expose the reality that Boston is a city where white commuters and students use the city and leave, while Black and Brown communities are targeted by police, exploited, and displaced.”

A post on the Facebook page for Black Lives Matter Boston further explained the action and went on to list individuals killed by Boston police in the past 15 years.

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Photo via @TimAlben/Twitter

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*First Published: Jan 15, 2015, 12:23 pm CST