San Ysidro Port of Entry closed due to ongoing protest
PUBLISHED Sat, January 07, 2017 - 10:19pm EST
Credit: Brooke Binkowski
The San Ysidro Port of Entry, the busy border crossing connecting San Diego to the Mexican city of Tijuana, has been closed after Mexican protesters blocked the road, officials say. It is unclear how long the closure will last. (more)
The border crossing was closed at around 6 p.m. PT on Saturday after dozens of protesters gathered there, forming a circle in the middle of the road. Footage from the scene showed a protester with a loudspeaker addressing the crowd.
As a result, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) said the entire border crossing has been closed to all traffic, and it was not immediately known how long the closure may last. Some 21.5 million vehicles and pedestrians travel through San Ysidro every year, or 58,000 a day on average.
Two other border crossings in the area, including the Otay Mesa Port of Entry and the El Chaparral, are not affected by the protests.
Mexico has been hit by nationwide protests after the government announced on January 1 that fuel prices would rise by 20 percent due to shortfalls in the federal budget. The unrest has also led to looting and some instances of violence.
The San Ysidro Port of Entry is the first border crossing to be closed as a result of the unrest, though Wednesday's protests in the Mexican city of Nogales led to lane closures at the Nogales-Grand Avenue Port of Entry, which connects Arizona to Mexico.
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