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Unrest: Protester, Riot Gear, Shuts Down LAX

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Unrest: Protester, Riot Gear, Shuts Down LAX
Police officers block demonstrators from marching on the lower roadway during a protest against President Donald Trump's executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)

On Sunday protesters stormed LAX to speak out against President Trump’s travel ban that was signed on Friday. The LA Times reports that traffic was temporary shut down, and two people were arrested. However, Police and the protesters were able to reach an agreement and the protest remained peaceful.

Late Sunday, airport officials said police and demonstrators had brokered an agreement that allowed for upper and lower level roads to alternate being fully open for 30-minute periods. During each period, demonstrators could block one level for 15 minutes while the other level remained open.

The plan to alternate protest locations was to continue “until the demonstrators fully disperse later tonight,” LAX officials said in a statement.

Airport officials said the agreement protected protesters’ civil rights while allowing operations at one of the nation’s busiest airports to continue.

Motorist Rebekah Bergeron, 22, was sitting at the head of a line of cars blocked by the protesters. Though she said she didn’t object to their demonstration, she also wanted to get home to Arizona.

“I have no problem if they want to protest this, but I just missed my flight,” she said. “I just watched it take off.”

At one point, Assistant LAPD Chief Michel Moore used a megaphone to repeatedly ask the protesters to move to the sidewalk. He said he was not asking them to leave the airport but to simply clear the roadway in front of the Bradley terminal.

“We do not want to arrest you,” he said.

Whether you agree with the protesters or not it’s good to see peaceful protest, unlike what we saw two weeks ago in DC. When America’s voice their opinion it is always healthy. However, the pessimist in me says that most of the protesters were possibly paid. Since the left is shut out of congress it would seem they are trying a new tactic the professional protester.

Source: LA Times

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