Protesters Hit Streets, Cause Delays in Cambridge and Somerville

Protesters ‘Die-In’ at Harvard Square.
Protesters ‘Die-In’ at Harvard Square. –longyingx/Instagram

Protesters in Somerville and Cambridge shut down several MBTA stops and blocked streets on Massachusetts Avenue on Friday afternoon in another demonstration against the lack of indictments for two high-profile police killings in New York and Ferguson, Missouri.

The event was organized by Tufts students, who marched from campus to Davis Square and then down toward Harvard Square and onto the Mass Ave. Bridge by Friday evening.

The protestors held “die-ins’’ at several stops along the way, in which demonstrators lay down on the street en masse. That die-in caused the Red Line stop at Davis Square to be temporarily “bypassed.’’ Cambridge Police also said on Twitter to expect delays near Porter Square and in Harvard Square.

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The protest comes after a larger event last night, which coincided with Boston Common Tree Lighting ceremony. The demonstrations are a response to a grand jury decision not to indict New York police officer Daniel Pantaleo on any charges for the death of Eric Garner, who died after Pantaleo put him in an apparent chokehold. In addition, last week saw the lack of indictment for Darren Wilson, a Ferguson police officer who shot and killed unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown.

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