Group of Female Demonstrators Halt Traffic on 405 Freeway in Costa Mesa

A demonstration by a group of 20 women on the 405 Freeway near the South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa briefly stopped traffic early Friday afternoon, according to the Daily Pilot.

A group of women stopped traffic temporarily on the 405 Freeway in Costa Mesa on Nov. 11, 2016. (Credit: The Daily Pilot)

A group of women stopped traffic temporarily on the 405 Freeway in Costa Mesa on Nov. 11, 2016. (Credit: The Daily Pilot)

Dressed in either red or blue, with some carrying signs and sporting messages such as “unity,” the women stretched across some four lanes of the roadway, video from the scene showed.

The women also held hands at times and, at one point, all began running before rushing off the freeway, the footage showed.

The incident, which occurred just after noon near the Bristol Street bridge, halted traffic for approximately three minutes, the newspaper reported.

An organizer told The Daily Pilot the group, made up of mostly Orange County residents, had gathered at Shiffer Park in Costa Mesa first before getting into vehicles and driving on to the 405. A motive for the demonstration was not provided by the organizer.

The timing coincided with the many demonstrations that have sprung up around the country following Donald Trump’s election as president on Tuesday.

A number of protesters have run onto Southern California freeways during anti-Trump demonstrations and blocked lanes, including a Wednesday incident that resulted in the the hourslong closure of the 101 near Downtown Los Angeles.