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Thousands of anti-violence protesters have shut down lanes on a major Chicago highway as part of a movement to increase pressure on public officials to address the gun violence that has claimed hundreds of lives in the city.
The Dan Ryan Expressway — a freeway that incorporates portions of Interstates 90 and 94 — was chosen for its historical significance, having been a symbol of racial segregation in the 1960s. ABC 7 Chicago reported that workers closed lanes on the highway but kept the left lanes open while the protesters marched. Video showed traffic moving slowly on the highway.
The article goes on to state the following:
Chicago police said the city saw 252 homicides and 1,100 shootings in the first six months of this year, a decrease from the same period last year. But those crimes have been heavily concentrated in predominantly black, low-income neighborhoods.
The Rev. Michael Pfleger, a Roman Catholic priest and anti-violence activist on the city’s South Side who will lead Saturday’s march, said the protesters will carry a banner with a list of demands. They include: more resources, jobs, better schools and stronger gun laws — things Pfleger says they’ve been seeking for years.
“When people keep ignoring you, you take it up a notch,” Pfleger said. “We are going to continue to take it up a notch until we get responses.”
— Jane Dupree (@JaneDupree1) July 7, 2018
— Linda Tirado (@KillerMartinis) July 7, 2018
— WFLA NEWS (@WFLA) July 7, 2018
Anti-violence protesters march onto Chicago freeway: Chicago sees bipartisan call for violence to be addressed; reaction on ‘Cavuto Live.’ https://t.co/fxDJWCd1Qs FollowforFollow pic.twitter.com/OAEIjgQXAr
— Edward Villanueva (@EdwardJump) July 7, 2018
— WLKY (@WLKY) July 7, 2018
Right now: Protestors on Chicago’s Dan Ryan expressway. Lead by @MichaelPfleger and Jesse Jackson. They came to “shut down” the freeway, only been given few lanes. Negotiating w/ state police for all lanes. #DanRyanShutDown pic.twitter.com/XWUxI70WcP
— Matt Finn (@MattFinnFNC) July 7, 2018
— wotv news (@wotv_news) July 7, 2018
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