Kurdish protesters behind bridge blockade

Eyewitnesses say protesters blocking the Second Severn Crossing were holding up a Kurdish flag. About 15 people were taking part in the demonstration which is being dealt with by Gwent Police. The bridge has now re-opened.

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Second Severn Crossing reopens after blockade

Police say the Second Severn Crossing has reopened westbound following a blockade by Kurdish protesters.

The protest caused the Severn Bridge to shut after demonstrators stopped their cars in the middle of the motorway.

The protesters pictured with police on the side of the motorway Credit: Josh Jones

Around 15 people stopped traffic and held up a Kurdish flag half way across the motorway bridge between England and Wales.

Credit: ITV Wales

Eyewitnesses say the group were yelling anti-Turkish slogans. The demonstration started at 1.30pm and lasted for an hour.

Watch this eye-witness video taken from a vehicle passing the protest.

A police spokeswoman has said motorists were not impressed by the demonstration holding up traffic.

The bridge was closed for a while while we dealt with the situation and traffic was diverted across the old Severn Bridge.

"The second crossing has since reopened in both directions.

Motorists caught up in the backlog of traffic were unimpressed.

– Gwent Police

Police have yet to confirm if there have been any arrests and the roads are now clear.

Kurdish protesters behind bridge blockade

Eyewitnesses say protesters blocking the Second Severn Crossing westbound were holding up a Kurdish flag. They say about 15 people were taking part in the demonstration which is being dealt with by Gwent Police. In October 2014 Kurds from Wales staged a similar protest over the so-called Islamic State.

M4 stationary traffic Credit: Gavin Williams

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