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Pro-Palestinian protesters in Chicago block the road to O’Hare Airport

Protesters block traffic to O’Hare International Airport


Protesters block traffic to O’Hare International Airport

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Pro-Palestinian protesters blocked the entrance to O’Hare International Airport on Monday morning, preventing cars from reaching the terminals, forcing some fliers to walk to get to the airport.

Several protest groups shared videos on Instagram showing a group of people sitting with their arms locked on the Interstate 190 access road between the Kennedy Expressway and O’Hare, blocking all lanes leading to the airport.

Protesters carried signs reading “Free Palestine” and “Stop Genocide.” Organizers said they were trying to disrupt Boeing’s operations because the company sells weapons to Israel and demand an end to the US government’s arming of Israel.

“On this tax day, when millions pay taxes that fund the ongoing US and Israeli bombing of Gaza, protesters are trying to take dramatic action,” the group Chicago Dissenters wrote in an Instagram post. “O’Hare International Airport is one of the largest in the country, and there will be NO business as usual as long as Palestinians suffer from American-funded bombing by Israel.”

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Other videos shared by protesters showed people getting out of their cars on I-190 and walking to O’Hare with their luggage.

The Chicago Department of Aviation said people coming to O’Hare should expect significant delays on I-190 and consider using the CTA Blue Line to get to the airport. Travelers can be dropped off at the Rosemont or Cumberland stops.

The protest started around 8:30 a.m. and aviation officials said traffic resumed around 9:15 a.m

A passenger who arrived at O’Hare on Monday shared a video from outside the terminals, showing dozens of people waiting on the sidewalk, with no cars or shuttle buses to drop off or pick up waiting travelers.

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