LOS ANGELES—About 100 protesters calling for a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war marched through streets near Los Angeles International Airport Dec. 15 evening, causing traffic issues just as the holiday travel season got underway.
The protesters initially gathered Friday afternoon at a popular small park just south of In-N-Out Burger on Sepulveda Boulevard. But as evening arrived, the group began marching south on Sepulveda toward the airport, making its way onto the 96th Street Bridge.
The group did not enter the LAX terminal area, but marched east on the bridge to 96th Street, then south on Vickburg Avenue to about 98th Street.
Police amassed in the area in hopes of keeping the group off the streets, and the group later began marching north on the sidewalk along Sepulveda.
The protest came on what federal officials call the official beginning of the winter holiday travel season, which will continue until Jan. 2.
It came two days after dozens of protesters were arrested for halting traffic for nearly 90 minutes on the Harbor (110) Freeway in downtown Los Angeles. It was unclear if members of that group were involved in Friday’s protest near the airport.