Video Shows Anti-Israel Protesters Shutting Down San Francisco’s Bay Bridge


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Video shows pro-Palestine protestors blockading the Bay Bridge, which connects the California cities of San Francisco to Oakland, on Thursday morning.

The demonstrators effectively blocked off the westbound lanes of the Bay Bridge as they demanded that President Joe Biden support a ceasefire for the ongoing Israel-Hamas war, NBC Bay Area reported. Biden was in San Francisco on Thursday after meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping the previous day as part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.

The picketers joined arms to block traffic at around 7:40 a.m. while holding a banner that read “Biden Harris: Ceasefire Now,” organizers told the outlet. Other banners read “No US Military Aid To Israel” and “Stop The Genocide.”


Other demonstrators held a “die-in,” which involved some protestors covering their bodies with white sheets and placards that read “11,000 dead,” the purported death toll in Gaza, the outlet noted. (RELATED: Police Arrest Suspect In Death Of Jewish Protester)

Police officers, sheriff’s deputies and units from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) quickly responded to the incident and began making arrests, according to NBC Bay Area. At least 50 people were taken into custody, and 15 protester vehicles were towed off the bridge, per the outlet. (RELATED: Video Shows Climate Activists Blocking Rush Hour Traffic In Boston)

Traffic appeared to be moving again by 10:30 a.m., nearly three hours after the protest began.

In 2012, Bloomberg reported that 270,000 cars cross the Bay Bridge every day. In 2018, SFGate gave the figure as 300,000.