posted at 20:50
Author: Kari Paul
Nationwide protests block highways as standoff with police continues in Ferguson
As the protests in Ferguson began slowly Tuesday night, demonstrators nationwide took to the streets en masse clogging major streets and thoroughfares. In St. Louis, protesters disrupted downtown traffic for several hours by blocking major intersections, an interstate highway and a Mississippi River bridge connecting the city to Illinois. In New York City, the protests began in Union Square in Manhattan, where several hundred people gathered chanting "The whole damn system is guilty as hell," and "There is no Thanksgiving. We don't have shit to be thankful for." They continued toward Times Square, gathering momentum as they marched. Police attempted to disperse the protesters from major roadways in Times Square once they arrived by arresting multiple people. Protesters eventually made their way to the Williamsburg Bridge where they clashed with police. Protesters then took over the Manhattan Bridge, shutting it down briefly before police dispersed the crowd. In Cleveland, several hundred people marched down a freeway ramp to block rush-hour traffic while protesting the Missouri developments and Saturday's fatal shooting by an officer of 12-year-old Tamir Rice of Cleveland, who had a pellet gun that looked like a real firearm. Hundreds of protesters also gathered in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, where they closed off the entrance to Interstate 83.

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