“Over 100 Pro-Palestinian Protesters Arrested in NYC: The Shocking Tactics That Brought the City to a Standstill”

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Over 100 pro-Palestinian protesters demanding a cease-fire in Gaza were arrested in New York City after their demonstrations caused traffic disruptions on several bridges and the Holland Tunnel on Monday.

The Protests

About 200 protesters gathered in the morning at the tunnel and the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg bridges, according to the NYPD. Photos captured the protesters blocking the entrances to the tunnel and bridges by sitting in lanes of traffic, linking their arms together through PVC pipes. Police were then seen using saws to cut through the PVC pipes and separate the protesters.

protesters on Brooklyn Bridge

Police use an angle grinder to make arrests as protesters block the Brooklyn Bridge during a demonstration demanding a cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas conflict on Monday in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

Arrests and Involvement of Susan Sarandon

Images showed officers arresting some of the protesters, and the Port Authority police reported that 120 protesters were arrested at the tunnel. However, the number of arrests made at the three bridges remains unclear. Actress Susan Sarandon was also spotted participating in the Manhattan Bridge demonstration. Sarandon had recently been dropped by her talent agency after making anti-Jewish remarks at a previous protest.

Susan Sarandon participates in pro-Palestinian NYC protest

Actor Susan Sarandon joined a pro-Palestinian protest in New York City where over 100 were arrested, Monday, Jan. 8, 2024. (WCBS / NNS)

Response from Mayor Eric Adams

New York City Mayor Eric Adams addressed the protests during his weekly media availability, stating, “The right to protest does not give one the right to block bridges and tunnels.” He emphasized the need to destroy Hamas, referring to them as a terrorist organization.

protesters on Brooklyn Bridge

Protesters block Brooklyn Bridge during a pro-Palestinian activity demanding the cease-fire on the Israel-Palestinian conflict on Monday in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

Conclusion

The demonstrators were eventually cleared, and all three bridges and the tunnel were reopened by 11:30 a.m. However, residual traffic delays were expected. Pro-Palestinian protests have been taking place across the United States, with activists blocking major highways, bridges, and even confronting lawmakers. These protests aim to demand a cease-fire following the military response by Israel to a terrorist attack by Hamas. Major airports, including Los Angeles International, John F. Kennedy International, and LaGuardia, have also seen similar demonstrations.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.