If you were stuck in traffic this morning or wondering why you were detoured, massive roadblocks were put in place during a coordinated climate change protest effort in Washington, D.C. Here are some images from the event.
In parts of the city, traffic was brought to a standstill by chanting protesters, parked boats, and vehicles. WTOP reported that drivers coming in from the Virginia side of the river were impacted the most by the mutliple protests. Here's the story of what went down, told via Instagram posts.
The protesters were spread out at key intersections, blocking the roads with human chains and parked vehicles. At one spot, a bright pink sailboat sat in the middle of the road with protestors bound to it.
The protesters are taking to social media to spread the images and their message worldwide.
Some of the roadblocks were quite elaborate, like this one, depicting a fire scene.
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Metropolitan D.C. Police are on the scene and arrests are being made in order to clear the roads.
Regardless of where you stand on the issues, #shutdowndc certainly accomplished its goal of disrupting the morning commute in the city.
As the day goes on, expect the protests to continue on foot, especially in areas like the National Mall and by the Capitol. Until the crowds disperse, one way or the other, you can count on disruptions to the flow of traffic in Washington, D.C.
Were you stuck in or around any of this morning's protests? How long did it take you to get to your final destination? Let us know in the comments!