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Protest halts traffic heading to Tijuana

September 01, 2007|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Motorists heading into Mexico experienced long delays Friday morning after the California Highway Patrol shut down all southbound lanes into Tijuana due to a protest by teachers in Mexico.

Several hundred teachers blocked access to the San Ysidro Port of Entry, disrupting the commutes and travel plans of tens of thousands of motorists for more than four hours, authorities said.

All southbound traffic on interstates 5 and 805 just north of the port of entry was diverted to other freeways from 8:30 a.m. to noon, when the teachers dispersed after a peaceful demonstration calling for better wages and benefits.

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