BOSTON (CBS) – Nearly 1,500 protesters of the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri marched through the streets of Boston Tuesday night.
The protesters tried to gain access to Route 93, forcing State Police and Boston Police to establish a line on the Mass. Ave Connector.
Police say the protesters were trying to walk onto the highway to disrupt traffic. When the protesters could not gain access to I-93, they marched downtown. State Police say they then attempted to walk onto the Mass. Pike from Clarendon Street.
“Throughout the day we have been monitoring social media and other intelligence urging protesters to block the Pike,” a State Police spokesperson said in a statement Tuesday night.
The protesters also tried to access the highway near Dewey Square, the site of the Occupy Boston movement. After about an hour standoff with police, the crowds began to disperse at 12:15 a.m.
In Providence, a similar protest spilled onto I-95, forcing both sides of the highway to temporarily shut down.
The protest in Boston was peaceful, but arrests were made. There are no reports of any injuries or property damage.
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The march began at the Dudley Square police station at 7 p.m. with a moment of silence.
Earlier Tuesday night, several hundred people attended a community forum on the Ferguson decision in Roxbury.
On Monday, the grand jury in the investigation into the shooting death of Michael Brown announced its decision not to indict Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of the unarmed 18-year-old. Since then, protests have been held around the country.
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