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Protesters shut down I-40 Memphis/Arkansas bridge


A large group of protesters shut down both directions of the I-40 Memphis/Arkansas bridge over the weekend.

Shortly after 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 3, a group of about 300 pro-Palestinian protesters halted traffic on the Hernando Desoto Bridge that carries I-40 over the Mississippi River in Memphis, Tennessee.

WMC reports that the protesters first marched through downtown Memphis, then took the demonstration to the I-40 bridge, blocking traffic.

The protest halted traffic on the bridge for more than an hour.

The I-40 bridge shutdown occurred while the I-55 Mississippi Bridge was closed for construction.

Organizer Jena Abuirshaid told Fox13, “We stopped commerce and we sent our message out. I feel like we have forced people to listen to us, even if it’s just the regular civilian that’s passing the road.”

Memphis Police say that no one was arrested.


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