More than 100 leftist ‘demonstrators’ were arrested on Saturday for blocking a major Manhattan highway. The leftists held up the flow of traffic to voice their calls for the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the entire immigration law enforcement and detention system.
The West Side Highway was blocked for around two hours by the organized mob, who locked arms and chanted slogans while innocent citizens hoping to return home to their families were forced to wait for the end of their show.
A video of the event revealed the NYPD ordering the disorderly crowd to disperse as they repeated their mantras. Unfortunately, it seems to have taken the police force about an hour to disperse the mob and re-open one of the city’s most heavily trafficked roadways to civilian traffic.
The flow of traffic stood at a complete standstill as the progressives mouthed off, free to carry on with their stunt as police megaphones politely requested that they disperse.
Eventually, the road-blockers were taken into police custody.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie became the subject of a massive national scandal when corrupt bureaucrats blocked an interstate bridge. It appears similar, more blatant actions by progressive demonstrators will be largely met with indifference.
It’s possible the NYPD simply was afraid to enforce the law against the progressives, fearful of facing institutional consequences from the city’s left-wing political establishment.
Police officials have claimed that the approximately 100 arrested will face disorderly conduct charges, but until the city’s legal system actually follows through on the prosecution of the traffic blockers, many doubt city prosecutors will actually enact legal sanctions on the leftists for their action.
Leftist Group Pickets Outside of Senator Josh Hawley’s Home Demanding GOP Accept Electoral College Certification
A group of left-wing militants protested outside of Senator Josh Hawley’s Virginia home on Monday night, threatening to harass Republicans for declining to sign off on contested electoral college slates. The professional progressive activists, affiliated with Shutdown DC, demanded that Hawley relent on a plan to challenge ratification of the electoral college.
BREAKING: Far-left militants showed up at Senator Josh Hawley's house in Virginia tonight to demand that he give up his challenge to electoral college certification pic.twitter.com/e6HjjTj3Zn
— Richard (@Wildman_AZ) January 5, 2021
Shutdown DC has become known for aggressive and personalized harassment protest tactics, with members of the organization “protesting” outside of Tucker Carlson’s house and ringing his doorbell in 2018. The small crowd of protestors spoke of appearing on the streets of DC on Tuesday, when thousands of Donald Trump supporters will protest at the capitol demanding that Republican Senators and Congressmen delay the certification of electors from contested states.
One man in an orange hat threatened to protest outside of Hawley’s house every day.
“He should be ready for us to come back and visit him if he doesn’t abandon his dangerous, reckless, self-serving, racist attack on our democracy!”
The ShutDownDC protestors warned Hawley of their harassment tactics in a chant.
“We’ll be back! We’ll be back! We’ll be back!”
Local police arrived on the scene within minutes of the protestor’s arrival at the private residence. The mob was allowed to go through with their stunt, yelling into megaphones late into the night in the suburban neighborhood. They loitered on the sidewalk for about an hour before leaving.
The group littered at the scene, leaving placards with progressive mantras on the ground outside of Hawley’s house as they left. They weren’t cited.
Belligerent progressives are likely to continue the use of aggressive harassment tactics even after Donald Trump’s presidency, with Biden all but certain to be inaugurated as President later this month.
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