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Berkeley Protest Shuts Down Freeway

By Associated Press

April 3, 2002, 7:20 AM EST

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Protesters advocating Palestinian statehood shut down access to an interstate highway near the campus of the University of California, Berkeley for about four hours.
Some Interstate 80 ramps in Berkeley were closed at about 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday after police called the California Highway Patrol for support. Ramps were reopened and most of the crowd had dispersed by about 9:30 p.m., CHP Officer Erika Winfield said.

Several hundred people gathered and carried signs that read, "Palestinian Statehood Now."

"Many students were very outraged about U.S. policy in Israel and Palestine and wanted to walk onto the freeway as part of a peaceful protest," said activist Penny Rosenwasser, who said protesters with locked arms were stopped by police.

She estimated at least 500 activists took part in the protest.

Copyright © 2002, The Associated Press



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