#BlackLivesMatter protesters block highway with concrete barrels outside Boston

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

Mar 1, 2020, 12:30 pm*



Miles Klee

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.

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State police using a saw to open barrel.

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