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Arrests follow I-5 protest in Eugene

A group of people standing across a roadway. Traffic is stopped.
Photo courtesy of KEZI and used with permission
Protestors blocked Interstate 5 in Eugene on Monday, April 15, 2024.

Oregon State Police say they arrested 52 people after a protest shut down Interstate 5 in Eugene Monday morning.

Police say the demonstration began around 10 a.m. and affected the southbound lanes between Beltline and Interstate 105.

The activity was part of a nationwide action Monday in support of Palestine. Similar traffic-blocking protests occurred around the country, including one that caused a shutdown of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco as well as an access road for the Seattle airport.

Police say more than 120 officers from four agencies responded to the scene in Eugene, with additional responders from the Oregon Department of Transportation and Eugene Springfield Fire.

Most of those arrested were charged with disorderly conduct. Oregon State Police said two people were also charged with conspiracy and theft. Police also said six vehicles were towed from the scene.

Traffic on I-5 in Eugene was re-opened by noon.