Just after 7 a.m., Massachusetts State Police said online that troopers took five protestors into custody on the ramp from Leverett Circle to Route 93 in Boston.
The group behind the effort says it’s protesting fossil fuels, and supporters are planning to set up around Post Office Square.
The group organizing the protest, which calls itself the “Extinction Rebellion”, describes itself as “a politically non-partisan international movement that uses non-violent direct action to persuade governments to act justly on the Climate and Ecological Emergency.” The group’s website shows videos of other similar protests it’s been involved in.
A news release from Extinction Rebellion said the group will also be at the I-90 off-ramp at intersection of Kneeland St and Atlantic Ave and the Seaport Boulevard Bridge.
They have called this the “Week of Rebellion” and have asked their supporters to come down to Post Office Square to disrupt the morning rush hour commute at 7 a.m., make noise and urge those in power to stop the fossil fuel industry.
Then at 7:30 Wednesday, the group plans to march through downtown Boston, with no specific route given.
MassDOT sent a tweet to alert Boston area travelers Tuesday evening, saying, “A protest group has notified the media it plans to disrupt travel along several routes in the Boston area Wednesday morning, 9/21, at approximately 7am. Exact locations not yet announced.”
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