14 arrested after protesters block Inner Loop traffic in Silver Spring


Climate activists blocked traffic on the Capital Beltway’s Inner Loop for over an hour Monday afternoon.

Climate activists blocked traffic on the Capital Beltway’s Inner Loop for over an hour on Monday.

Courtesy MDOT

Maryland State Police responded Monday to a climate activists’ protest that blocked traffic on the Beltway’s Inner Loop.

Courtesy Erick Njoya

Activists handed out fliers explaining their protest Monday.

Courtesy Erick Njoya

Climate activists blocked traffic on the Capital Beltway’s Inner Loop for over an hour Monday afternoon.

It happened near the interchange with Maryland Route 650/New Hampshire Avenue.

Over a dozen climate activists blocked all lanes of the Inner Loop. According to Maryland State Police, troopers responded around 12:30 p.m., and all lanes were reopened around 1:45 p.m.

“The ‘adults in the room’ have shown us they don’t give a s–t about us. The people must now take action, like we’ve done again and again throughout history,” read a flier that was handed out by the group Declare Emergency.

Maryland State Police say 14 people were arrested. Charges include disturbing peace/hinder passage and failure to obey a reasonable/lawful order. A few were also charged with resisting arrest.

One counter-protester was charged with second degree assault and resisting arrest.

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