Jewish activist teams organized a rally that shut down the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue on Wednesday, a transfer of civil disobedience as they advocated for a cease-fire in Gaza.
Hundreds attended the protest, most of them carrying black. The Los Angeles Police Department stated at about 5:30 p.m. that site visitors was closed across the demonstration, with protesters sitting within the intersection.
Hollywood Boulevard was shut down between Orange Drive and Las Palmas Avenue, whereas Highland Avenue was closed from Franklin Place to Sunset Boulevard.
The rally was co-organized by the teams IfNotNow and Jewish Voices for Peace, each of that are urging a ceasefire in Gaza. Participants on the occasion had been holding indicators studying, “Jews say no to genocide,” and chanting, “Rain or shine, Free Palestine!” amid Wednesday’s rainstorm.
The occasion started in De Longpre Park in Los Angeles at 2:30 p.m., with individuals gathering earlier than marching to the intersection within the coronary heart of Hollywood.
By 7:50 p.m., the protesters had cleared the intersection, and site visitors had resumed. No arrests had been made because of the occasion.
“The Demonstration was peaceful and participants have cleared the scene,” LAPD posted on X, previously referred to as Twitter. “Thank you for your patience.”
Although the Hollywood protest proceeded with out incident, the same protest advocating for a ceasefire in Gaza that was occurring concurrently outdoors the Democratic National Headquarters in Washington, D.C., didn’t. The Washington rally erupted into violence Wednesday night time, with Capitol police tussling with and arresting individuals. Members of each IfNotNow and Jewish Voices for Peace had been reported to be amongst these in attendance.