Protesters block part of Kansas Avenue in downtown Topeka

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UPDATE: Topeka Police have moved in and arrested protesters sitting in the street.

The Kansas Poor People’s Campaign blocked off Kansas Ave between 8th and 9th Streets in downtown Topeka in a protest Tuesday afternoon.

Police are on scene and have shut down the one block stretch. Protesters lied down in the street, held signs and sang.

The protesters are part of a Kansas chapter of the Poor People’s Campaign, a national movement originally started by Martin Luther King Jr. whose national website says its mission is “to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality.”

Kansas Ave near 8th and 9th Streets is currently inaccessible and drivers are advised to avoid the area. 

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