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Wilshire Boulevard traffic jammed amid big immigration-rights protesters

July 29, 2010 |  2:17 pm

Traffic on Wilshire Boulevard around Hancock Park and the Miracle Mile was severely jammed after more than 200 protesters blocked traffic for hours.

The Los Angeles Police Department was moving in and arresting the demonstrators, who were protesting Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigration.

The activists chained themselves together with plastic pipes and handcuffs, prompting the LAPD to use electric saws to separate them.

At least 10 people have been arrested so far, and it's unclear when Wilshire Boulevard and Highland Avenue will reopen.

Motorists were urged to use Olympic Boulevard and La Brea Avenue as alternative routes. Wilshire is closed between La Brea and McCadden Place.

--Andrew Blankstein

Photo: LAPD officer take a protester into custody after the group blocked traffic at the intersection of Wilshire and Highland. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times