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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- Protesters shut down both directions of Interstate 70 at the Blanchette Bridge Monday.

A large group of activists sprawled across the interstate during rush hour. The Interstate was closed for about 30 minutes and reopened around 5:45 p.m. 

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The view from Skyzoom4 showed several protesters being arrested after the interstate reopened. Traffic was diverted at the Earth City Expressway exit in Maryland Heights for some time. Cellphone video showed a protester being thrown to the ground. Police said in total, 63 people were arrested.

Protest organizers said the goal was to grab people's attention and highlight important issues such as equality of opportunity and racial disparities.

"Young people are continually going through police harassment. We're not saying all police are bad. We understand and our community understands," said Bishop Derrick Robinson said.

Robinson added that people's safety was taken into account.

"There were organizers that were very strategic in what they did and they had a great strategy," Robinson said. "That strategy was very workable to make sure the safety of the people protesting was paramount."

Records indicate around 20 of those arrested are not from the St. Louis area.

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