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Pictures: 'Black Lives Matter' Protesters Shut Down Busy Boston-Area Highway During Thursday Morning Rush Hour

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"[T]o confront white complacency in the systemic oppression of black people in Boston."

Protesters stand in the middle of a busy intersection blocking traffic Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Protesters in Boston caused a morning rush hour headache for commuters Thursday as "Black Lives Matter" protesters shut down part of a busy Boston-area highway.

During the demonstrations, the protesters stated their opposition to "police and state violence against black people" and "to confront white complacency in the systemic oppression of black people in Boston."

The Massachusetts State Police first tweeted about the delays at around 7:45 Thursday morning.

State Police later posted an update, saying that at least some of the demonstrators had cemented their arms inside 1,200-pound white barrels.

At just before 8:10 Thursday morning, State Police notified motorists that they had cleared at least part of the highway of protesters and that all lanes were reopened in that area.

State Police spokeswoman Nicole Morrell said no one was injured during the protests but 17 of them were arrested. Police later arrested six more people, the Boston Globe reported.

But it wasn't long before State Police were removing more protesters from another part of the highway.

Below are some tweets with photos of the protesters clashing with police:

The demonstrations stem from heightened racial tensions across the country which began not long after 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was unarmed, was shot and killed by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer. A local grand jury later chose not to indict the officer on any charges.

In New York City, Eric Garner, who was black and unarmed, died after police placed him in a chokehold for selling cigarettes on the street. No officers were indicted.

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