Pro-Palestinian demonstrators grew violent outside the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C., calling for a cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war.
U.S. Capitol Police reported that about 150 people were protesting illegally and violently, leading to six officers being injured.
The protesters clashed with officers and demanded a cease-fire while blocking the DNC entrance.
Was just evacuated from the #DNC after pro-terrorist, anti-#Israel protestors grew violent, pepper spraying police officers and attempting to break into the building.
Thankful to the police officers who stopped them and for helping me and my colleagues get out safely. (1/2)
— Congressman Brad Sherman (@BradSherman) November 16, 2023
“Officers are making arrests,” posted the Capitol Police.
“We were peacefully saying, ‘ceasefire now,’” a protester named Olivia told Fox News Digital.
“And the cops violently pushed us to the ground, threw us to the ground,” she continued.
I was just evacuated from the @dccc office after the building was surrounded by protestors who had blocked all modes of ingress and egress. Grateful to Capitol Police for getting all members and staff out safely. To the protestors: PLEASE don’t do something irresponsible /1
— Sean Casten (@SeanCasten) November 16, 2023
Adding, “The violence happening around the world is happening in our backyard.”
The pro-Palestinian protesters described themselves as “concerned citizens.”
“We’re demanding a ceasefire now,” exclaimed Olivia.
A quarter-million folks rallying on the Mall yesterday to support Israel? Peaceful, orderly, strong.
Two hundred anti-Israel protestors outside DNC tonight? Chaos, weakness, Capitol buildings locked down.
Says a lot!
— Peter Meijer (@VoteMeijer) November 16, 2023
“Eleven-thousand people have been murdered. Millions of our taxpayer dollars go to Israel to carry out this genocide,” accused Olivia of the federal government.
Lawmakers were evacuated from the building due to the violence, and some took to social media to express their experiences.
California Rep. Brad Sherman reportedly told the press that as many as 100 people were evacuated from the building.
“Was just evacuated from the DNC after pro-terrorist, anti-Israel protestors grew violent, pepper spraying police officers and attempting to break into the building,” posted Sherman on social media.
Adding, “Thankful to the police officers who stopped them and for helping me and my colleagues get out safely,”
“Apparently, these pro-Hamas demonstrators want Republicans to prevail in the next Congressional election,” charged the Californian.
Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton called for the Biden administration to treat the “pro-Hamas insurrectionists” the same as the January 6 cases.
“Biden admin must use every law-enforcement tactic against these pro-Hamas insurrectionists that it has used in the January 6 cases,” Sen. Cotton posted.
“Track them down, arrest them, convict them, and lock ‘em up,” added the Senator.
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