Protestors snarl Friday afternoon commute through Seattle

Nov 4, 2022, 3:37 PM | Updated: 4:58 pm

(Photo courtesy of Deedee Sun/KIRO 7)...

(Photo courtesy of Deedee Sun/KIRO 7)

(Photo courtesy of Deedee Sun/KIRO 7)

All lanes of I-5 in Seattle are now re-open after protestors condemning the Tigray genocide in Ethiopia took over the interstate Friday afternoon.

Protestors said they’re looking to bring awareness to “the nearly 2-year long genocidal war committed against the people of Tigray, Ethiopia,” according to the group in a news release.

Both the eastbound and westbound I-90 offramps to northbound I-5 were closed as well, with backups extending an estimated four miles. WSDOT advised drivers to use alternate routes “and expect congestion.”

Washington State Patrol troopers arrived at the scene before the protest cleared out.

This is a developing story. Stay tuned for updates.

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