Bridgeview protest today: Pro-Palestinian demonstrators block traffic in southern suburbs

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Tuesday, December 12, 2023
Pro-Palestinian protest blocks traffic in southern suburbs
A pro-Palestinian Bridgeview protest has been impacting traffic on Monday afternoon, Oak Lawn police said.

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (WLS) -- A pro-Palestinian protest blocked traffic in the southern suburbs on Monday afternoon, police said.

Oak Lawn police asked the public to a avoid the west side of Oak Lawn along Harlem Avenue from 93rd to 95th streets.

That's because protest in Bridgeview was making its way from 87th Place and Harlem Avenue to the Bridgeview Courthouse, police said.

That intersection was only closed for about 20 minutes, but parts of Harlem were backed up for much longer as the group marched. Chopper 7 was over the scene.

People at the march have been protesting U.S. funds being used to help to Israel.

The march followed a rally and a day when many businesses closed in protest. Dozens shut their doors, saying that taxpayer dollars should not be used to fund Israel.

The protesters also called for a permanent cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.