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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Around 150 protesters blocked I-64 near Busch Stadium for about 15 minutes at 2:30pm Saturday.  St. Louis City Police were called to the area for the disturbance.  They say there were no arrests.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the protesters are with the Black Lives Matter movement.  Several groups hoping to raise awareness for racial equality organized a march earlier Saturday. The St. Louis chapter of Hands Up United and the Organization for Black Struggle held a rally at the Old Court House. Several hundred people attended.

The group then marched south to the entrance ramp to westbound I-64. They blocked traffic for about 15 minutes and then left the highway peacefully.

The protesters continued marching in the streets of downtown St. Louis.  They marched to the America's Center.  Videos posted to Twitter showed some protesters marching inside the building chanting, "Shut it down."

The St. Louis police department released the following statement about Saturday's protest, "Blocking a highway is illegal. Not only it is an inconvenience to motorists, more importantly, it's a safety hazard to protesters, police officers and the general public. Today's illegal activity on the interstate forced the department to shift resources, take officers from our neighborhoods and pay officers overtime. Our number one priority is reducing crime and when we're forced to pull resources from the neighborhoods to focus on illegal activities, it does our entire community a disservice."

 

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Update from St. Louis Police: “At around 2:30 p.m., I-40 at Broadway was briefly closed in both directions due to 100-150 protestors on the highway. The highway has since been reopened. No arrests were made.”

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Protesters at the America’s Center chanting “Shut it down” 

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