More than 600 protesters in Minneapolis were arrested late Wednesday and early Thursday for blocking the highway during an anti-Trump rally.
The rally, led by many local groups, was collectively known as “Don’t let Trump steal the election.”
Protesters spoke out against Legal actions are taken by the Trump campaign to try to prevent counting of votes in certain battlefield states. Protest organizers said nearly 1,000 people joined the protest, according to the Star Tribune.
Protesters began marching in downtown Minneapolis and headed for I-94, where they shut down a stretch of highway 3 to 4 miles long.
According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS), the interstate cleared at 1:23 a.m. local time on Thursday.
DPS said the arrests were made to clear the highway.
“No force or chemicals were used, and no demonstrators or law enforcement officers were injured in the incident,” DPS said in a statement.
However, organizers of the march said police officers trapped protesters on the highway for about five hours. In a statement, the groups said officers had arrived “without any warning” and refused to let people leave the highway exit.
“Some have been detained and are not being held accountable,” the groups added.
DPS spokesman Bruce Gordon responded by saying that all arrested were subsequently released from custody after “everyone can be cited.”
The coalition of organizations has called for all charges against the protesters to be dropped.
Trump’s reelection campaign has filed lawsuits in several battlefield states including Georgia, Michigan and Pennsylvania.