U.S. Capitol Police said that authorities arrested protestors who, despite being warned to stop, demonstrated in the Cannon House Office Building.
“A group of protesters are demonstrating inside the Cannon Rotunda. Demonstrations are not allowed inside Congressional Buildings,” USCP tweeted Wednesday afternoon.
“We warned the protestors to stop demonstrating and when they did not comply we began arresting them,” the police added. “Amongst these arrests, three people have been arrested and charged with Assault on a Police Officer during processing,” another post noted. Police later announced that the rotunda was clear.
A USCP spokesperson reportedly noted that there were “upwards of approximately 300 arrests.”
The protestors were apparently calling for a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war.
“Hundreds of Jews and allies with JVP and @IfNotNowOrg continue to be arrested inside while a crowd of thousands grows outside and demands a ceasefire,” Jewish Voice for Peace tweeted.
“Jews and allies from [Jewish Voice for Peace] and IfNotNow are in Congress to demand: ceasefire now,” IfNotNow tweeted.
Israel has been carrying out airstrikes on Gaza after Hamas terrorists invaded the Jewish state earlier this month and committed atrocities. Militants in Gaza have been firing rockets toward cities across the Jewish state, according to the Associated Press.
Some Democratic lawmakers have been advocating for a ceasefire.
“Thank you to our Jewish allies from across the country who joined in solidarity to call for a #CeasefireNOW,” Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib commented when sharing another person’s post about the protest in the congressional building.
President Joe Biden has announced plans to provide $100 million in humanitarian aid for Gaza and the West Bank, a move that has been blasted by some Republicans who contend that the assistance will end up in the hands of terrorists.
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