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Columbus Circle temporarily shut down amid reports of Trump rally, counter protest

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Posted at 1:14 PM, Jan 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-10 14:35:55-05

MANHATTAN, N.Y. — Police temporarily shut down Columbus Circle on Sunday amid reports on social media of a planned rally by supporters of President Donald Trump and a counter protest.

The MTA said several bus lines were detoured because of the street closure.

An NYPD spokesperson told PIX11 the area was closed to vehicle traffic because of a political rally.

Video posted to Twitter earlier Sunday shows a crowd of protesters dressed in all black with giant shields in the street as more people march and chant anti-Trump and anti-Proud Boys slogans.

It wasn’t clear if any Trump supporters or members of the Proud Boys were also in Columbus Circle at the time.

The Proud Boys are a right-wing, men-only organization known for inciting violence during political events across the country in recent years. The organization also supports Trump.

By 1 p.m., protesters had mostly cleared out of Columbus Circle but a large police presence remained.

The area was reopened to vehicle traffic and all impacted bus routes resumed making their normal stops around 1:45 p.m., according to the MTA.