Protesters are demanding that Biden declare a climate emergency shutdown of the Beltway

Protesters who closed the inner loop of the Beltway were arrested Monday near the US 29/Colesville Road interchange after demanding that President Biden declare a climate emergency.

Climate activists wearing yellow vests sat and stood on the highway, blocking all inner loop lanes around 10:30 a.m. Monday, according to live traffic footage. Around 11:20 a.m., all lanes were reopened, according to the police Coordination program for transport operations in the capital area. Seven people were arrested and taken to the Montgomery County Detention Center for processing, said Ron Snyder, a spokesman for the Maryland State Police.

It was one of more demonstrations by members of the climate advocacy group Declare a state of emergency if protesters often block traffic in the region, resulting in arrests. On Friday, members of the group briefly shut down southbound Interstate 395, and a D.C. police spokesman said three people were arrested.

Thirteen climate advocates with Declare Emergency were also sentenced to four days in jail on September 30 after being arrested on July 4 for blocking all lanes and both shoulders of the Beltway’s inner loop at the US 29/Colesville Road exit. They were released on October 3, said Mark Goldstone, a lawyer for the protesters.

Those activists ranged in age from 27 to 73 and came from cities as far away as Vancouver, Wash., and as close as the District, according to online court records.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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