SAN MATEO (KRON) — Numerous protesters have been arrested after the group temporarily shut down all westbound lanes of the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge on Monday afternoon forcing a major backup on the Peninsula.
Early images from the scene show protesters had stopped traffic in both directions at the highest point of the bridge at around 4:50 p.m.
A group of about 50 demonstrators formed a line across all four lanes in the westbound direction of the bridge and unfurled a large Palestinian flag.
A Tweet from the account SiliconShutdown is claiming responsibility for the shut down.
“We are 63 Stanford students currently arrested on the San Mateo Bridge because we #ShutItDown. we are fine. Singing and chanting #ReclaimMLK,” SiliconShutdown said.
The arrested protesters were still on the bridge waiting to be transported to San Mateo County Jail, according to CHP Officer Daniel Hill said. They are expected to face charges of disobeying a lawful order of a peace officer and obstructing the free movement of others.
The far left westbound lane was reopened shortly before 5:30 p.m. The other two lanes remain closed as officers work to clear the protesters from the scene.