“Some people are not just driving to and from, across our bridges to go to their place of employment, some of them are dealing with some real emergency-type issues”
Anti-Israel protesters decided it would be a great idea to block roads, tunnels, and bridges in New York City on Monday. After all, it’s not like people who live and work in Manhattan have places they need to get to, right?
Fortunately for the rest of us, the story ended happily as hundreds of these folks were arrested.
ABC News in New York reported:
325 arrested after Pro-Palestinian protesters block major bridges, Holland Tunnel
Hundreds of arrests were made after pro-Palestinian protesters blocked traffic on the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges as well as the Holland Tunnel on Monday morning.
The NYPD’s chief of patrol said in total 325 people were arrested after the protests. In lieu of summons, many will face misdemeanor charges with a desk appearance ticket.
Around 9:30 a.m. Monday, the protesters blocked New Jersey-bound lanes of the Holland Tunnel.
Port Authority police responded and arrested 120 protesters before the tunnel reopened to traffic just after 10:30 a.m.
The Brooklyn Bridge reopened to traffic shortly before 11 a.m. while the Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges reopened just before 11:30 a.m.
At the Williamsburg Bridge, some protesters had to be cut free from the bridge before they were arrested.
Mayor Eric Adams commented on their choice of protest locations and said people shouldn’t be blocking streets in New York.
The Hill reports:
New York Mayor Eric Adams (D) made remarks following the local arrests, according to local news outlets, expressing his support for the right to protest but saying that does not give people the right to block bridges and traffic.
“The goal is to peacefully protest without doing major disruption to the city. Some people are not just driving to and from, across our bridges to go to their place of employment, some of them are dealing with some real emergency-type issues,” Adams said, per ABC7. “I have been extremely clear: It gives us all pain to see innocent lives being lost right now. We need to do whatever is possible to end anything that is going to take the lives of innocent people, but Hamas must be destroyed, they are a terrorist organization.”
Here’s a video report from NBC in New York:
It is beginning to look like these protesters are not even trying to win people over to their side. They’re just trying to exert their dominance. They want to show people they can do whatever they want without consequences.
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