Protesters shut down U.S. 13 in Dover

DOVER – Four to five dozen people temporarily blocked U.S. 13 (South DuPont Highway) Saturday evening, according to Dover Police.

At around 7 p.m. police was made aware of an organized march in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, Dover Police spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said in a statement issued Saturday night.

About 40 to 60 people gathered on Water Street before walking north toward Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, according to police.  After circling the intersection, the group headed back toward Water Street.

They eventually walked into the southbound lanes of South DuPont Highway, Master Cpl. Hoffman said, blocking traffic in those lanes.

Dover Police responded to the nearest intersection at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, shutting down the roadway to make sure motorists and demonstrators were not at risk of a traffic accident.

Police said the demonstrators then proceeded to block the northbound lanes at the same intersection, causing additional officers to shut down the intersection at Public Safety Boulevard.

Police kept the the section of highway closed for about 5 to 10 minutes as the crowd dissipated on its own.

The demonstrators cleared the area a short time later.

No arrests were made, Master Cpl. Hoffman said in the statement.

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