Tax Day protests over the war in Gaza have caused a commute nightmare for anyone trying to get to San Francisco from the North Bay, or anyone traveling north on I-880 toward Oakland or San Francisco.

The first demonstration, in which protesters chained themselves to barrels and completely blocked the northbound lanes of I-880 near 5th Street in downtown Oakland, began around 6:30 am. According to the CHP, the protest was ongoing as of 8:05 am and traffic was backed up well past the Coliseum.

Photos from the scene showed a line of CHP officers in riot gear behind the small line of protesters, who were sitting in the roadway wearing keffiyehs.

Referring to today's date, April 15, their banner read, "A15 Economic Protest for Free Palestine."

Update: The Chronicle reports that other protests have erupted around Oakland that were blocking traffic, including one that blocked the Broadway exit on Southbound I-880 in West Oakland, near 7th Street.

An hour after that protest began, around 7:30 am, around 60 protesters blocked the southbound lanes of the Golden Gate Bridge.

They were holding a banner saying "Stop the World for Gaza."

As of 8:48 am, KCBS radio reported that all lanes of the Golden Gate Bridge were blocked because CHP had blocked the northbound lanes in order to safely access the southbound lanes.

Update: KPIX has raw video showing the protesters being detained by CHP officers.

Expect traffic to be backed up onto Park Presidio, and potentially back to Lombard Street.

Update 2: The SF Department of Emergency Management said as of 12:40 pm that both directions of traffic had been cleared on the Golden Gate Bridge, but to expect residual delays.

A similar pro-Palestine protest this morning was blocking the highway leading to O'Hare International Airport in Chicago.

Top image via CommonSenseiSF/X