For downtown-area commuters, the peak weekend of Art Basel is ending this afternoon much like it began: With 195 shut in both directions by protesters participating in the #shutitdown movement against police violence.
The protesters marched from Wynwood onto the highway around 5 p.m. This time, police had apparently already blocked off traffic before the protesters arrived.
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The protests are fueled by the lack of indictments in the police killings of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in New York, as well as local cases like the death of Israel "Reefa" Hernandez, a teenage graffiti artist, at the hands of Miami Beach police.
The Miami rallies have echoed similar moves in NYC, St. Louis and elsewhere to shut down local highways.
On Friday, traffic snarled for miles in both directions as evening commuters and those trying to get to and from Art Basel events were halted by the action.
Today's protests look to be smaller in number, but no less disruptive to highway traffic.
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