Dozens of protestors, including Stanford students, were arrested Monday night after they shut down traffic for more than an hour on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge, according to the California Highway Patrol.
More than 100 demonstrators stormed the Bay Area bridge in a "Reclaim MLK" rally late Monday afternoon, Jan. 19, to highlight injustices against African Americans.
The rally was to support the Ferguson Action's national demands, which include the demilitarization of local law enforcement and repurposing of law enforcement funds to support community-based alternatives to incarceration, Silicon Shutdown organizers said in a press release.
The group made their way on eastbound and westbound lanes of state Highway 92 on the bridge at the high-rise around 4:50 p.m., CHP Officer Daniel Hill said.
The protesters had been dropped off by cars on westbound lanes and briefly made their way to both sides of the freeway, he said.
The protesters blocked the westbound side of the bridge for 28 minutes to symbolize the fact that every 28 hours a black person is killed by a police officer or vigilante, organizers said.
During the protest, students held banners calling attention to the violence committed against black communities, as well as the Palestinian and Mexican flags as an act of public solidarity with victims of state-sponsored and U.S.-sponsored violence in Mexico and Palestine, organizers said.
The demonstration is one of several events nationwide coinciding with the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
"We are honoring MLK's legacy by forcefully reminding Silicon Valley that, decades after Martin Luther King, black lives, and brown lives, and the lives of all oppressed people, still matter," participant Maria Diaz said in the press release.
The group was given the opportunity to leave the scene peacefully, but 68 people who didn't comply with orders from officers were detained, Hill said.
The arrested protesters were transported to San Mateo County Jail, and charged with disobeying a lawful order of a peace officer and obstructing the free movement of others, Hill said.
The protesters were peaceful and did not become violent, he added.