Drivers in the Boston suburbs of Milton and Medford had a rude start to their morning today as six protesters chained themselves to concrete-filled drums which tipped the scales at 1,200 pounds. The resulting gridlock, which started around 7:20 AM, the protesters told The Boston Globe, snarled traffic along Interstate 93. Northbound lanes in Milton and southbound lanes in Medford were affected.

By 8:45 AM, The Globe reported that Massachusetts State Police had completely stopped traffic on I-93, as they attempted to cut the protesters from the barrels with power saws. The most recent reports indicate that both sides of the interstate are now open, although traffic remains heavy.

Shannon Leary, one of the women involved in the display, said the protest was to show solidarity following rising racial tensions in Ferguson, MO and New York City between police and citizenry. The groups were reportedly holding signs that said "Black lives matter." According to Massachusetts State Police, 17 people were arrested in Medford, while six were arrested in Milton, Boston NBC affiliate WHDH reports.

Take a look below for a news report from WHDH, which expounds on the motives behind the display and provides additional detail on the incident.

7News Boston WHDH-TV

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