Dozens of pro-Palestinian demonstrators closed 3 vital bridges and a tunnel linking Manhattan to the rest of Manhattan New York And the surrounding areas, yesterday, Monday, in a coordinated move to protest the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip Gaza.
The demonstrators tied themselves to tires, chairs, and to each other on the Brooklyn Bridge, which connects the area of the same name to the financial district in Manhattan.
Demonstrator Olivia Levin (31 years old), who practices acting and writing professions, says, “These demonstrations are important, because we need a ceasefire. It is important to disrupt daily activities to show how important this is and to end the siege in Gaza.”
Dozens of police, some carrying nail cutters and white plastic cable ties, surrounded a group of protesters lined up on the bridge.
A crowd of people who gathered to support the group that was surrounded on the Brooklyn Bridge chanted, “Free, free Palestine.”
Similar movements were organized on the Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges, which connect Manhattan Island to Brooklyn.
The closure paralyzed rush hour traffic and led to the arrest of more than 100 people.
The demonstrators blocked the Brooklyn Bridge with arms tied to tires filled with concrete and PVC pipes.
A New York Police officer said, addressing the demonstrators via a loudspeaker, “You are obstructing traffic. You will be arrested if you do not leave.”
In a post on the social media site X, the city's Office of Emergency Management warned commuters to expect delays on the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg bridges and to seek alternative routes.
A video circulated on social media showed protesters on the Ari Halberstam Memorial ramp on the Brooklyn Bridge, chanting “Free, Free Palestine” while blocking traffic toward Brooklyn.
The Ministry of Health in Gaza announced on Monday that the death toll from the Israeli bombing on the besieged Strip had risen to 23,084 martyrs since October 7.