Dozens of Protesters Arrested at US Capitol

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( – On December 19, the Capitol Police arrested around 60 Pro-Palestine demonstrators who had been protesting illegally inside the Capitol Rotunda, allegedly violating the D.C. Code. Reports state that the protesters were led by activist Linda Sarsour.

According to a report from Axios, the protesters were holding signs protesting the Israel war against Palestine and calling for a ceasefire in Gaza. Some of the signs specifically called for the United States to stop providing arms to Israel, while they were chanting phrases calling for an end to U.S. taxpayer dollars being sent to fund “Israel’s crimes.”

This is not the first protest to have taken place on Capitol Hill following the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas on Israel. In mid December, around 40 pro-Palestinian protesters ended up getting arrested while demanding a cease-fire at the Senate Office Building. In a statement, the Capitol Police said that they knew of the group’s potential plan to use one of the tours of the U.S. Capitol Building as a means to enter the building and stage their protest. The statement pointed out that it is illegal for a demonstration to take place inside the Congressional Buildings, which is why they had brought more officers in anticipation of the group possibly breaking the law.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green, R-Ga., wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter, claiming that there was an insurrection in the U.S. Capitol and called for those protesting to be handled in the same way the January 6 Capitol insurrectionists had been handled.

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