George Floyd: Protesters march on I-35W in Minneapolis

The protesters are blocking traffic heading south.
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UPDATE 9:30 P.M.

After spending the past few hours in downtown Minneapolis, protesters once again took to I-35W in south Minneapolis, blocking traffic a Chicago Avenue.

7 P.M.

The latest phase of the protests against the killing of George Floyd started Friday evening with marchers proceeding north along the southbound lanes of I-35W in Minneapolis.

It's emerged that the protest was the idea of former NBA player and Minnesota native Royce White, who sent text messages to organize a march that has swelled into huge numbers.

A large number of marchers were seen on the southbound interstate at the 4th Street off-ramp just south of downtown Minneapolis.

The freeway was closed to traffic as a result, with the group then exiting at the Washington Avenue exit.

There was a large backup of traffic on I-35W further into Northeast Minneapolis, with the exit onto Washington meaning that traffic then backed up in downtown Minneapolis.

It marks a change in approach from protesters compared to recent nights, which have involved protests outside specific buildings such as the 3rd Precinct, and Hennepin County Government Center.

It comes ahead of an 8 p.m. curfew imposed by Gov. Tim Walz and Mayor Jacob Frey, which requires nobody to be on the streets.

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