Visitors July 4: Local weather change protests disrupt I-495 . site visitors

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About 20 people blocked all lanes and both shoulders of Interstate 495’s inner bypass at the US 29/Colesville Street exit on Monday afternoon.

The Declaration of Emergency, a group seeking government action on climate change, has given credit for the disruption. Above its websiteThe group asked President Biden to declare a nationwide state of emergency.

“It was a collaborative effort that included a young woman eight months pregnant and worried about the world her baby would be born into,” Declare Emergency member Paul Severance said in an interview. phone consultation.

Severance said that police made a number of arrests and that he witnessed people coming from the cars in front of him limping as police made them go. He thinks some people will be charged with resisting arrest. Maryland State Police noted on Twitter that the road was reopened at midday but did not provide further information.

The resignation noted that their small group, mainly in Montgomery County, is part of larger actions on climate issues.

“We have mobilized all over the country. We had calls with Noam Chomsky and [comedian-activist] Adam McKay, and we also went door to door,” he said. “We’re doing what we can to get more people involved.”

“We are nonviolent civil protestors,” he added. We respect everyone – the drivers we block, the police, everyone.”

According to police, the protest did not involve a convoy of trucks causing traffic congestion on Interstate 95.

On July 4, climate change protesters closed the Beltway with massive contingencies at the Colesville Road exit. (Video: Luz Lazo)

The photos show some protesters sitting down across the Ring Road, blocking traffic.

State police reopened the Beltway shortly before 2 p.m., according to the Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

Climate change protesters in the Beltway are one of many groups exercising the right to rally across the region on Independence Day.

A convoy of trucks, the 1776 Restoration Movement formerly known as ” People’s convoy, “Blocked traffic on I-95 to denounce vaccine duties. And abortion rights groups gathered outside the Supreme Court building throughout the day to protest the court’s reversal. Roe v. Wade. Another group planned a march to the National Mall late Monday night.

Chantelle Piper, 32, came to New York three weeks ago to help organize the Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights protests in DC

She said she wished more people would protest in the streets with them but was happy with Monday’s turnout.

“Everybody answered the call,” she said. “Those who have never protested before, who are really angry because they don’t want to celebrate July 4th, not when this right is taken away.”

Teo Armus contributed to this report.

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