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Abortion-rights demonstrator who climbed Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge after Roe v. Wade reversal comes down, roads reopen

The man who stayed on top of Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge for more than 24 hours has come down. He is in police custody.

WASHINGTON — The Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge has reopened after an abortion-rights activist scaled the bridge amid the much-anticipated decision from the Supreme Court, according to officials. 

Following the decision by the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, an abortion-rights activist climbed the bridge in protest. The man, identified as Guido Reichstadter, made his way to the top of the bridge where he hung a green banner, which he says is the color of the abortion rights movement. 

He also streamed himself on TikTok calling for abortion-rights supporters to stand up and unite. 

"I've got a life. A job, kids I love, there's pretty much any place I'd rather be than the top of this damn bridge," Reichstadter posted on Twitter. "But I have a responsibility to those I love- to step out, stand up and defend their rights. And so do you! So let's rise up, nonviolently, for Abortion rights!"

Reichstadter stayed on top of the bridge more than 24 hours before he decided to make his way down on Saturday.

In a social media post, officials tweeted a few minutes before 2:00 p.m., the Fridge reopened in both directions. Traffic enforcement officers cleared the scene. 

According to court documents, Reichstadter was arrested for unlawful entry, crowding, obstructing, and failure to obey. He was transported to First District Station.

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