U.S. Capitol Police released a statement Wednesday evening that a number of Congressmen were evacuated from the area of a violent pro-Hamas protest on Capitol Hill. The violence took place at the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee located a few blocks south of the Capitol on the House side where a DCCC fundraiser was taking place inside. House office buildings have been locked down.
DEVELOPING: Capitol Police face off with protesters calling for Gaza ceasefire outside of the DNC headquarters in Washington, D.C.@LinseyDavis reports. https://t.co/bTaDqmZz4kpic.twitter.com/VNoJ1XHJmA
— ABC News Live (@ABCNewsLive) November 16, 2023
Capitol Police statement:
“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.”
“ROAD CLOSURES: – South Capitol Street between Canal and E Streets, SE. – Ivy Street between Canal Street and New Jersey Avenue, SE The USCP will continue to update you all about this.”
– South Capitol Street between Canal and E Streets, SE.
– Ivy Street between Canal Street and New Jersey Avenue, SE
The USCP will continue to update you all about this.
— The U.S. Capitol Police (@CapitolPolice) November 16, 2023
The pro-Hamas protest started earlier on Capitol grounds and moved to the DNC HQ where police forcibly prevented the protesters from trying to enter the building. At least one protester was apparently thrown by police off the steps and onto the sidewalk.
Video posted by NBC News Washington’s Tom Lynch, “Capitol Police in shoving match for pro-Palestinian demonstrators calling for a ceasefire in Gaza outside DNC headquarters tonight. No reports YET of
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