Anti-Trump protesters block interstate in Iowa City

President-elect Donald Trump smiles as he arrives to speak at an election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
President-elect Donald Trump smiles as he arrives to speak at an election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Hundreds of protesters angry about the election of president-elect Donald Trump blocked Interstate 80 in Iowa City for about a half hour, backing up traffic for miles.

Media outlets reported the protests began Friday afternoon when about 200 high school students walked out of class and held a rally on the University of Iowa campus, dubbed a “Not My America” protest. University students joined the protest and listened to speeches before marching through downtown and down Dubuque Street toward the freeway.

Protesters walked out onto I-80 about 5 p.m. Iowa City police and state troopers held back traffic but didn’t intervene in the protests.

Protesters dispersed about a half hour later and walked toward downtown.

The protest caused huge traffic snarls on the freeway and Dubuque Street.

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