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U.S. House Buildings Locked Down After Pro-Palestine Protestors Rush DNC Building * * by Danielle

NEWS HEADLINES: U.S. House Buildings Locked Down After Pro-Palestine Protestors Rush DNC Building * * by Danielle

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U.S. House buildings went into lockdown, and lawmakers were evacuated after pro-Palestine protestors clashed with police officers at the Democratic National Committee headquarters.

Hundreds of demonstrators reportedly blocked the main entrance of the building and Capitol Police told congressional staff they “working to keep back approximately 150 people who are illegally and violently protesting,” according to Axios.

“Significant demonstration activity, no entry or exit is permitted at this time. You may move throughout the buildings,” the alert read.

Watch footage of protestors clashing with police outside DNC headquarters:

Axios reports:

All members were evacuated from the area, per the police.

A subsequent alert warned staffers that entering and exiting the nearby House office buildings was prohibited due to “significant demonstration activity.”

House offices were reopened shortly after after police said the protest had “dissipated.”

One House Democrat who was present at the DNC told Axios it “scared me more than January 6,” recounting that they were about to leave and return to the Capitol when police told them not to exit.

“Someone sent out word for people to come [back] and police said it’s not safe,” the lawmaker said. “Police were wearing gas masks … this was not peaceful.”

The lawmaker said that they and all their colleagues were evacuated safely.

Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) said he was also present, posting on X: “Thankful to the police officers who stopped them and for helping me and my colleagues get out safely.”

“Right now our officers are working to keep back approximately 150 people who are illegally and violently protesting in the area of Canal Street and Ivy Street, SE. Officers are making arrests. All Members have been evacuated from the area. Please stay away from the area,” the U.S. Capitol Police stated.

“The large group of illegal protesters near Canal Street and Ivy Street, SE, have cleared out, but USCP officers will stay on scene out of an abundance of caution,” Capitol Police added.

“Tonight 6 officers were treated for injuries – ranging from minor cuts to being pepper sprayed to being punched. One person has been arrested for assault on an officer. We appreciate our officers who kept these illegal & violent protesters back & protected everyone in the area.”

The Associated Press added:

Protesters included members of If Not Now and Jewish Voice for Peace, who have organized other demonstrations in Washington.

Protester Dani Noble said the demonstrators came to the DNC on Wednesday night to peacefully call on Democratic Party leadership to support a cease-fire in Gaza. Instead, “we were met by police pulling on folks that are disabled or have have chronic illnesses, pulling people to the ground in riot gear,” Noble said.

Noble, who lives in Philadelphia and is a supporter of the group Jewish Voice for Peace, said no one group organized the protest, but instead it was a coalition of many groups and individuals who support a cease-fire.

“It is shameful the way that nonviolent protesters and members of our community were met with violence tonight. It is absolutely shameful,” Noble added.

The clashes Wednesday evening are the latest example of roiling tensions over the war between Israel and Hamas.

President Joe Biden has been under increasing pressure from the Democratic Party’s left flank over his support for Israel’s military operation, including interruptions from protesters at his speeches. He has resisted calls for a cease-fire, instead saying there should be pauses in the fighting to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance and the potential extraction of hostages.

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