Outrageous Immigration Protesters Block Rush Hour Traffic on George Washington Bridge
Traffic on the world's busiest bridge was brought to a near standstill Wednesday morning as a group of 10 immigration rights activists blocked motorists from entering New York City during rush hour.
Traffic on the upper level of the bridge, which carries the east coast's main artery, I-95, as well as US Route 1, US Route 9 and US Route 46, between Bergen County, N.J. and Manhattan ground to a halt as the protesters chained themselves to the structure.
The group of seven men and three women stood across the inbound lanes holding banners reading #SomosVisible, or #WeAreVisible, and another reading "Resist, Organize, Rise Up", the New York Post reported.
More than 50 million vehicles cross the bridge every year at a cost of $15 inbound, and its south-side walkway is open to the public between 6 a.m. and Midnight.
Mahoma Lopez of Queens, N.Y., who organized the 8:15 a.m. protest, said they chose the George Washington Bridge because of its symbolism:
"We are standing up against a false democracy," she said.
Lopez told the post she and her fellow activists are demanding the right to vote, "We contribute to the community in many ways, with work, and paying taxes, but [are not given] the right to vote. It's basically a fake democracy."
The 1931 bridge is administered by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, whose spokesman Joe Pentangelo told WNYW that Port Authority Police had taken the ten protesters into custody.
The protest caused traffic to back up into New Jersey, with delays of more than 90 minutes.
The bridge was the site of a 2013 blockage dubbed 'Bridgegate', in which a former aide and appointees of Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) allegedly orchestrated such as a political maneuver against Mayor Mark Sokolich (D-Fort Lee).