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LAX protest leaders negotiated schedule with police for blocking airport traffic

Protesters demonstrate at Los Angeles International Airport. (Image source: YouTube screen cap)

As protesters descended upon Los Angeles International Airport to rally against Republican President Donald Trump's immigration freeze over the weekend, airport officials provided updates on how the demonstration was being handled.

Among the revelations? Protest leaders negotiated a deal with police regarding when and where traffic could be blocked.

The 9:55 p.m. Sunday update from Los Angeles World Airports outlined the deal, noting that "traffic on the Upper and Lower Level roadways would alternate being fully open in 30-minute intervals. Demonstrators may block one level at a time for 15 minutes allowing the opposite level to be fully open for 30 minutes and allow traffic to flow."

The update also noted that the traffic-blocking schedule would be in effect "until the demonstrators fully disperse later tonight." The deal was struck, the update said, "to ensure the protesters’ civil rights to assemble peacefully and to help passengers, flight crews and airport workers reach the airline terminals."

The final update issued just after midnight Monday indicated that Los Angeles Airport Police made two arrests for roadway blocking, and that some airlines reported departure delays over the difficulty flight crews and passengers faced in reaching their terminals.

The update noted that six international flights and nine domestic flights were delayed, but that the total was expected to increase as airlines complete daily operations and report demonstration impacts.

The following report about the LAX demonstrations aired Saturday:

(H/T: Young Conservatives)

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