Interstate 93 Black Lives Matter Protesters Chain Themselves To Barrels And Bring Boston Traffic To A Halt

Tara Dodrill

Boston Black Lives Matter protesters shut down Interstate 93, after activists chained themselves to 1,200-pound barrels. Boston police officers report that multiple sections of the main interstate are now closed to commuters.

Interstate 93 Black Lives Matter protesters are getting an earful from angry commuters who have been stuck on the highway. Drivers honked their horns and shouted unpleasant comments to the folks chained to the 1,200-pound barrels.

The Massachusetts State Police closed the northbound lane of Interstate 93 in Milton and the I-93 southbound portion of the highway in Medford near Mystic Avenue.

— Curmudgeon Prophet (@jaykelly26) January 15, 2015

Some of the Black Lives Matter protesters have now been arrested and taken into Boston police custody. In a statement released by the Interstate 93 protesters, the group said that the traffic blocking event was designed to "confront white complacency in the systemic oppression of black people in Boston."

Seventeen Boston Black Lives Matter protesters on I-93 southbound and six on Interstate 93 northbound have reportedly been arrested. The specific charges levied against the protesters is not yet known.

— Adam Greenberg (@Pragmactivist99) January 15, 2015

It remains unknown if any police, fire, or EMS squads attempting to help area residents were stuck in the traffic standstill created by the Black Lives Matter protest.

— Curmudgeon Prophet (@jaykelly26) January 15, 2015

— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 14, 2015

— NikLuk (@Nikluk) January 15, 2015

Boston police had to cut the chains hooking the Interstate 93 Black Lives Matter protesters from the 1,200-pound barrels, before the individuals could be handcuffed and arrested. Morning rush hour traffic was reportedly backed up for miles around the city.

The Black Lives Matter protests began after the Michael Brown shooting by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, and reignited around the country after the death of Eric Garner in New York City.

[PHOTOS] #BlackLivesMatter protesters shut down traffic Interstate 93 South in Boston during rush hour -

— Paul Weiskel (@PWeiskel08) January 15, 2015

NOW: one #BlackLivesMatter protester out of barrel & into fresh set of cuffs, in Custody (pic @Pragmactivist99)"

— STACO COMMUNICATIONS (@stacos) January 15, 2015

What do you think about the Interstate 93 Black Lives Matter protesters chaining themselves to barrels and stopping traffic?

[Images via: Twitter]