Thousands of demonstrators carrying Palestinian flags and signs denouncing “Israeli apartheid” were seen marching down Wilshire Boulevard on Saturday afternoon.
The Los Angeles Police Department said on social media that traffic on Wilshire between Federal Avenue and Veteran Avenue will be impacted due to the rally.
“Intermittent closures on side streets [will occur] to allow pedestrians to cross the intersections,” LAPD said.
A SIG alert was also issued for both spans of the 405 Freeway at the Wilshire Boulevard exit shortly before 2:45 p.m. Saturday.
As of 6:45 p.m. Saturday evening, the demonstration had concluded and all streets were reopened to traffic, LAPD said.
Some motorists were seen being forced to turn around due to the massive throng of people as LAPD officers worked to contain the crowd and keep the demonstration peaceful.
One video captured from the rally shows a large group of Palestine supporters surrounding a lone pro-Israel demonstrator; another captured several individuals — said to be supporters of Israel — pepper-spraying people in the crowd.
Phil Ige contributed to this report.