Immigration protest shuts down upper lanes of George Washington Bridge during rush hour commute

A protest for immigrant rights Wednesday morning shut down New York City-bound traffic on the upper lanes of the George Washington Bridge.

The protest reportedly organized by the NY Worker Federation was demanding equal rights for immigrants. Video posted to Twitter showed one driver getting out of a vehicle and fighting with one of the protesters.

The group of about 10 people had a large banner that they spread across the lanes saying: "Resist, organized, rise up!"



The hashtag #SomosVisible #WeAreVisible was trending on social media. All lanes of the upper level reopened at about 9 a.m.

Joe Pentangelo of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said seven male protesters and three female protesters were in custody at around 8:30 a.m.

Traffic on the upper level was being diverted off the bridge at 177th St. for approximately one hour. The protesters shut down the lanes by chaining themselves to the bridge.

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