Protesters cause Vine Street Expressway shutdown

KYW Staff
July 05, 2020 - 3:46 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Hundreds of protesters marched through Center City Sunday afternoon, causing a number of traffic shutdowns, including the Vine Street Expressway for the first time in over a month.

The city shut down the Vine Street Expressway from I-76 to I-95 as protesters, organized by Philadelphia's Party for Socialism and Liberation, marched along the roadway, bringing traffic to a halt on the Ben Franklin and Walt Whitman bridges.

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The protest echoed the events of June 1, when another group of demonstrators marched onto I-676. Police infamously used tear gas to quell that march. Mayor Jim Kenney and Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw later apologized for authorizing the use of tear gas after a New York Times video showed that officers had pinned in the group of marchers.

This time, protesters left the expressway without incident and marched along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway toward City Hall. The expressway reopened within the hour.

KYW Newsradio's Bryan Ramona and Andre Bennett contributed to this report.

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