Protesters shut down traffic in major city to save a homeless tent city


Tent cities are all over the place.

Most big cities in America, especially those with Democratic leadership, have seen an incredible uptick in the amount of homeless people living in tents.

After police in Chicago announced plans to move homeless people from tents placed in the streets and sidewalks in the northeastern part of the city, protesters blocked a road in support for the homeless.

According to reports, many of the homeless individuals do not want to move from their shelters / tents. The protests began after police started removing tents in a Chicago area known to have “tent cities.” The transient individuals are often found under bridges in Uptown, according to Chicago 5.

Reportedly, the protest was over a plan to remove a homeless encampment from a viaduct on Wilson Avenue. The Chicago Tribune explains: “The protest was a response to notices the city put out last month warning residents that the viaducts at Wilson and Lawrence avenues on Lake Shore will be cleared out on Sep. 18 to make way for bridge repairs.”

Uptown Tent City Organizers, which is a Chicago housing advocacy group, has asked a federal judge to halt the bridge construction project. They want the city to provide housing for the residents living under the bridges, or to allow them to relocate their tent village.

People were holding signs with messages, such as, “Give us a home or leave us alone,” while others chanted, “We want housing, like everybody else.”

As of just after 9 a.m. local time, Lake Shore — near Montrose Avenue — had one lane shut down by the protests, and two lanes were moving, according to authorities.

The Tribune reports that “at least three of the dozen people who walked onto Lake Shore around 8:30 a.m. were arrested for obstructing traffic, according to organizers and Chicago police.”

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