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More than 300 are arrested in a Capitol Hill protest urging a cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war

by Andrew Wright
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Capitol Hill Protest

More than 300 individuals were apprehended for participating in an unauthorized demonstration, and three individuals faced charges for assaulting law enforcement officers during a protest that took place on Capitol Hill. The demonstrators, primarily from Jewish advocacy groups such as Jewish Voice for Peace and If Not Now, entered a congressional office building. They wore shirts bearing the message “Jews say cease fire now” and chanted slogans like “let Gaza live” and “not in my name” before being detained by Capitol Police.

It’s important to note that demonstrations are not permitted inside Capitol buildings, and prior to the arrests, law enforcement officials issued warnings to the crowd gathered in the rotunda of the Cannon House Office Building.

The 305 individuals arrested for participating in the unauthorized demonstration were subsequently released, while those charged with assaulting law enforcement officers remained in custody pending a court appearance.

Some members of Congress with liberal leanings have been advocating for a resolution regarding the ongoing conflict between Hamas and Israel, citing concerns about Israeli military actions impacting civilians in Gaza.

It should be clarified that the protesters were not inside the U.S. Capitol, despite certain inaccurate claims made on social media.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Capitol Hill Protest

Q: What was the purpose of the protest on Capitol Hill?

A: The protest on Capitol Hill aimed to call for a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, with demonstrators primarily from Jewish advocacy groups expressing their concerns.

Q: How many people were arrested during the protest?

A: More than 300 individuals were arrested for participating in the unauthorized demonstration.

Q: Were there any charges related to the protest?

A: Yes, three individuals faced charges for assaulting police officers during the protest.

Q: Which congressional office building did the protesters enter?

A: The protesters entered the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill.

Q: What slogans were chanted by the demonstrators?

A: The demonstrators chanted slogans such as “let Gaza live” and “not in my name.”

Q: Were there any false claims about the protesters being inside the U.S. Capitol?

A: Yes, there were false claims on social media suggesting that the protesters had entered the U.S. Capitol. However, this was not the case; they were in the Cannon House Office Building.

Q: What was the outcome for those arrested during the protest?

A: The 305 individuals arrested for participating in the unauthorized demonstration were subsequently released, while those charged with assaulting police officers remained in custody pending a court appearance.

Q: What was the broader context of the protest?

A: Some liberal members of Congress have been advocating for a resolution in the ongoing Hamas-Israel conflict, citing concerns about the impact of Israeli military actions on civilians in Gaza.

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InfoNerd44 October 20, 2023 - 12:11 am

Those slogans, “let Gaza live,” powerful! ✊

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