/M6 closed as Black Lives Matter protesters walk along carriageway

M6 closed as Black Lives Matter protesters walk along carriageway

Part of the M6 is closed after Black Lives Matter protesters have started walking on the motorway.

Up to 100 people, reported to be from the Black Lives Matter movement, were seen marching in the middle of the southbound carriageway at around 5pm today.

Footage shows the protesters walking on the carriageway near junction 3 at Coventry.

Witnesses reported seeing a police helicopter circling the area and dog handlers attending the scene, according to Birmingham Live.

One motorist said the crowd blocked off the road with cones before police arrived on scene to manage the traffic.

Protesters walking on the motorway near Coventry
The M6 was forced to close for an hour after dozens of people strayed onto the motorway near Coventry
(Image: Mariah Westlake / SWNS)

It is believed a ‘rolling roadblock’ stretched back as far as Junction 2 as motorists found themselves queuing for around an hour.

An eyewitness said: “I was going 70mph then they just walked out into the road in front of me.

“They put traffic cones down and then sat down. I’d say there are 100 here. They came on at junction 3 of the M6 and now there’s a rolling roadblock to junction 2.

Around 100 protesters walking along the carriageway near Coventry
(Image: BirminghamLive)

“The traffic has been held both sides. The police helicopter is up and there is a police dogs team here as well. The group were chanting ‘Black Lives Matter’ over and over again..”

Mariah Westlake, 24, from Northampton, said her boyfriend Chris McNamara, 24, was held up by the protesters on his commute to work.

The events management student said: “He was on his way to work as a train engineer in Birmingham.

The protesters on the motorway this evening
(Image: BirminghamLive)
The group were chanting ‘Black Lives Matter’ over and over again..” according to eyewitnesses
(Image: BirminghamLive)

“He asked the police about it and they told him they weren’t aware it was going to happen. It seems there was a mixed reaction.

“Some people who were on their way to or coming back to work were angry. Quite a few people were supportive as well.

“He was frustrated because it made him half an hour late for work and he’ll lose money. But he does understand the cause.

“He did say he thought it was very dangerous to do that on the motorway when people weren’t informed about it.”

Police closed part of the M6 after the protesters marched on the carriageway
(Image: BirminghamLive)
Black Lives Matter protesters closed a section of one of Britain’s busiest motorways after marching onto the carriageway this evening
(Image: Mariah Westlake / SWNS)

Warwickshire Police said on Twitter there were reports of protesters in the southbound carriageway at junction 3 and a rolling roadblock was put in place.

The force added: “We are receiving reports of pedestrian protesters at junction 3 of the M6 in the southbound carriageway. Southbound is now currently closed.

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“Please seek alternative routes and be wary if you are traveling on the M6.”

They later added: “The protesters have now left the motorway at junction 2 and the M6 is now reopening.”

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