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Just as tens of thousands of commuters were making their trek to work Thursday morning, protesters blocked traffic on Interstate 93 north and south of Boston, attaching themselves to heavy barrels, State Police said.
The protesters shut down I-93 North at East Milton Square, along with I-93 South at Mystic Avenue in Medford, State Police said in a tweet at 7:40 a.m.
By 8:08 a.m., State Police tweeted that protesters had been removed from I-93 South.
Trooper Nicole Morrell, a State Police spokeswoman, said no injuries were reported. Seventeen people were arrested at the Medford location and were being taken for booking at the State Police barracks in Medford.
As of about 8:30 a.m., two lanes and the HOV lane were open on I-93 North in Milton. A group of protesters were still lying in the far left and far right lanes of the northbound side of the highway. However, at around 8:45, state police stopped traffic in all four lanes and were using power saws to try and cut protesters away from the concrete-filled barrels that they attached themselves to. Traffic is at a complete standstill on 93 northbound.
According to one of the protesters, Shannon Leary, the group arrived around 7:20 a.m. Six people chained themselves to four drums filled with concrete, weighing 1,200 pounds, and managed to shut down the highway.
Leary said the protesters were acting solidarity with people who have protested the recent deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of white police in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City.
She said the demonstrators were sending a message that society must change.
By John R. Ellement and Martin Finucane