By CBSLA Staff

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Hundreds of protesters rallied Thursday at the SpaceX facility in Hawthorne to voice opposition to a planned satellite launch for the Turkish government.

The protest along Crenshaw Boulevard near the 105 Freeway started around 3 p.m. and caused traffic disruptions, according to reports.

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Protesters held signs alleging the Turksat 1A payload would be used to “kill civilians” by targeting Armenians with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).

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Earlier this month, thousands participated in demonstrations across Southern California in an effort to draw attention to the deadly conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

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The two nations agreed to “a humanitarian cease-fire” earlier this week, but fighting remains ongoing.