Flint water protesters block all lanes of WB I-69 in Flint during rush hour

Traffic on westbound I-69 in Flint was disrupted by a group of protesters blocking traffic. (Viewer photo)

FLINT, Mich. – Traffic on westbound I-69 in Flint was disrupted by a group of protesters blocking traffic.

The incident happened just before 7 p.m. Wednesday between the I-475 interchange and Saginaw Street exit.

A group identifying themselves as Flint Lives Matter stopped their vehicles across multiple lanes of the westbound expressway just past the I-475 entrance.

Flint Lives Matter is a group known for protesting the ongoing water crisis in Flint and the health effects it has had on the citizens.

Many held signs and a few could be seen holding up signs while others took pictures and video.

Protester Lorenzo Avery Jr. shot a Facebook Live during the protest and directed others in his group to make sure all lanes and shoulders of the roadway were blocked with vehicles.


“Let’s all stand together. Let nobody get in between us,” Avery can be heard saying in the video.

Many of those stopped by the group in traffic attempted to pass on the shoulder, including a few close calls with semi-trucks.

Others honked and yelled as the protesters yelled back, saying “this is about Flint. This is about our women and children and our elderly," adding later "Go use someone else’s road.”

The entire event lasted less than fifteen minutes.

No injuries were reported and police were not present.


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