Hundreds of protesters march through Strip District, Lawrenceville

Hundreds of protesters march through Strip District, Lawrenceville

PITTSBURGH — Hundreds of people gathered in the Strip District Saturday for a peaceful protest in support of Black Lives Matter and transgender rights.

The crowd first blocked off the intersection of Penn Avenue and 16th Street around 3:15 p.m. Protesters soon began marching on Penn Avenue toward Lawrenceville.

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According to Pittsburgh Public Safety, the group of protesters stopped at the intersection of Penn Avenue and 27th Street for a few minutes before moving again on Penn.

The crowd moved onto Butler Street around 4:15 p.m. in Lawrenceville heading toward 40th Street. At least 100 people stopped in the intersection.

Pittsburgh police blocked off traffic surrounding the crowd, and rolling road closures continued as the group marched.

Police formed a line at the base of the 40th Street Bridge as protesters moved that way to prevent them from accessing it “for safety purposes,” according to Public Safety officials. Most of the crowd turned onto Foster Street, but some of the protesters stayed near the bridge.

The 40th Street Bridge remained closed until about 6:30 p.m. as protesters stayed there. The majority of the group headed back to the intersection of Penn Avenue and 16th Street where the protest began.

The crowd dispersed around 7:50 p.m., and police said it was peaceful and there were no arrests or incidents.

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