• Highway 1 Closed by Protestors

    On Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 11:00AM, a group of approximately 60 people assembled in the Custom House Plaza to rally and march in support of, “Black and Brown Lives Matter.”

    All times are approximate.

    At 11:10AM, the group was carrying various banners walking toward downtown Monterey.  They then walked in the middle of Alvarado Street, in the wrong direction and gathered at the Monterey Transit Plaza (Simoneau Plaza).  The group then remained at the Monterey Transit Plaza for approximately 20 minutes.   The group then walked in the roadway on Munras towards Fremont Street. While walking on the wrong side of the roadway on Fremont, the group briefly stopped at the intersection of Aguajito and Fremont, adjacent to the Highway 1 Fremont on/off ramp.

    At 12:10PM, a group of approximately 30 marchers proceeded to walk in traffic lanes, the wrong-way up the southbound Highway 1 Fremont off-ramp.

    The protestors then walked onto southbound Highway 1 where they blocked all four lanes of southbound Highway 1 traffic just south of Highway 68 (Monterey-Salinas Highway)

    Monterey Police Department was on the freeway to attempt to keep vehicles from colliding into the marchers. Officers from the California Highway Patrol responded to the scene.

    On the highway, officers gave several warnings to the protestors to leave, or they would be arrested.  After refusing to leave, eight people were arrested without any injuries.  Each was transported to the Monterey City Jail where they were booked and later released on charges including:  obstructing a public roadway, failure to obey a lawful order, unlawful assembly, conspiracy and obstructing an officer.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on March 28, 2015

    Topics: Front PG News

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