translated from Spanish: Police clash with several heavily armed men in Massachusetts

Massachusetts.- Heavily armed men clashed with police causing the partial closure of Interstate 95, resulting in 11 suspects in custody, Massachusetts state police said.The confrontation began around 02:00 a.m. when police noticed two cars stopped on I-95 with the emergency lights on after they had apparently run out of fuel. , officials said at a news conference Saturday. At least some of the suspects were dressed in military-style clothing with long guns and handguns, Massachusetts State Police Col. Christopher Mason said. He added that they were heading to Maine from Rhode Island to “train.” Read more: Prison guard convicted for having sex with inmate in front of other inmates in CaliforniaThe confrontation shut down a portion of I-95 for much of the morning, causing major traffic problems over the July 4 holiday weekend.  Authorities said the interstate is now reopened and that shelter orders were lifted at the site for Wakefield and Reading.In a video posted on social media Saturday morning, a man who did not give his name but said it was from a group called Rise of the Moors, broadcast from Interstate 95 in Wakefield near Exit 57. We are not against government. We’re not anti-cops, we’re not sovereign citizens, we’re not black-identity extremists, said the man who appeared to be wearing military-style equipment.  “As specified several times to the police, we are complying with U.S. peaceful travel laws.” The group’s website says they are “Moorish Americans dedicated to educating new Moors and influencing our elders.” At least 11 suspects were arrested. Picture: AP Mason said he understood the suspects, who didn’t have gun licenses, had a different perspective on the law.” I appreciate that perspective,” he said. “I don’t agree with that perspective at the end of the day, but I recognize it’s there.” Mason said he had no knowledge of the group, but that it wasn’t unusual for state police to encounter people who have a “sovereign citizen ideology,” though he didn’t know if the people involved in the Wakefield standoff were part of that. The men refused to lay down their weapons or comply with authorities’ orders, claiming to be from a group “that does not recognize our laws” before leaving for a wooded area, police said. Mason said the suspects surrendered after police tactical teams used armored vehicles to adjust the perimeter around them. Police initially reported that nine suspects were arrested, but two more were arrested in their vehicle later Saturday morning. Two suspects were hospitalized, but police said it was for pre-existing conditions that had nothing to do with the confrontation. Read more: Woman throws himself out of a moving car with her children to escape her partner’s violence Police and prosecutors are working to determine what charges the group members will face. The suspects were expected to appear in court in Woburn on Tuesday, Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan said. Learn how rehabilitation of the diaphragm helps patients with sequelae of COVID-19

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