The city shut down the Vine Street Expressway from I-76 to I-95 as protesters, organized by Philadelphia's Party for Socialism and Liberation, marched along the roadway, bringing traffic to a halt on the Ben Franklin and Walt Whitman bridges.
The protest echoed the events of June 1, when another group of demonstrators marched onto I-676. Police infamously used tear gas to quell that march. Mayor Jim Kenney and Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw later apologized for authorizing the use of tear gas after a New York Times video showed that officers had pinned in the group of marchers.
This time, protesters left the expressway without incident and marched along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway toward City Hall. The expressway reopened within the hour.