Hundreds Occupy Milwaukee Bridge Seeking Economic Equality

Scores of peaceful protesters shut down a bridge over Interstate 43 near downtown Milwaukee.

Police are watching the situation from a short distance but so far allowing the demonstrators to remain.

The protest Thursday was organized by groups including Wisconsin Jobs Now and The demonstration coincided with similar protests across the country demanding economic equality in the U.S.

Almost 200 Milwaukee demonstrators stood on a sidewalk on the bridge holding signs such as “Jobs Not War” and “Tax the Rich Now.” After about 20 minutes, the protesters swarmed onto the road, blocking traffic in both directions.

Police redirected traffic away from the area. At least three protesters were arrested but the rest remained.

With temperatures in the low 30s, demonstrators have set up at least five tents.