‘May Day’ Protesters Occupy Center City Streets
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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Protesters occupied the streets of Center City Tuesday as part of the May Day protests that were planned across the country.
The Philadelphia occupiers began their protests shortly after noon at the Wells Fargo bank located at 17th and Market Streets. Authorities say around 125 protesters gathered at that location.
The protesters eventually made their way to 18th Street between Walnut and Locust and sat in the middle of the street and blocked traffic. At least two people were taken into custody for alleged assault on police.
The protesters then left the 18th Street location and dispersed throughout the streets of Center City.
Protesters tell Eyewitness News they plan to make their way to Rittenhouse Square before ending up in front of the Philadelphia School District headquarters at 15th and Spring Garden Streets, where they will protest a school board meeting at 5:30 p.m.
Traffic near the protest locations has been gridlocked.