A pro-abortion demonstration turned volatile, with police having to use tear gas to break up the mob outside the Arizona state Capitol.
According to KTAR-FM, approximately 8,000 pro-abortion demonstrators demonstrated outside the Capitol in downtown Phoenix hours after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade on Friday night. The demonstration began at 7 p.m. when protest signs that read “Keep your Bible off my body,” “Why are old men making laws about my body,” “forced birthing is fascism,” “You’re murdering us,” and other such slogans materialized throughout the crowd’s chants of “my rage!”
On Friday night, when the Arizona state senate was in session, hundreds of protesters gathered outside the Arizona State Capitol.
The pro-abortion rally was declared an unlawful assembly by law enforcement just minutes before 9 p.m.
The mob outside the Capitol, which was recorded by Kari Lake, a conservative Arizona gubernatorial candidate, went viral after she posted a video of it to her Instagram account with the caption: “The left is demonstrating right now what a REAL ‘Insurrection’ looks like in Downtown Phoenix. It is domestic terrorism. The Arizona national guard should have already been called hours ago, @DougDucey arrest these animals now. They’re looking for blood.”
“Our troopers were in the Senate lobby in full view of the rioters as they pounded on the glass,” a Department of Public Safety representative informed AZ Family reporter Michael Raimondi. “We think they had every intention of getting inside the senate building.”
The Arizona Department of Public Safety said that authorities used tear gas outside the Senate building after demonstrators attempted to smash the glass. “The crowd subsequently moved to the Wesley Bolin Plaza, where several monuments were damaged. Police used tear gas a second time to drive [them] away.”
“Pro-abortion demonstrators violently attempted to storm our building,” according to Arizona Republicans. “Members/staff/visitors were forced to flee to a safe location.”
“We are presently hostages in the Senate building as a result of people attempting to break into our security. We can smell tear gas, and one of our members’ children is in tears, terrified,” stated Arizona GOP state Senator Kelly Townsend.
“Everyone is fine,” confirmed Townsend, “and we’re wrapping up our project.”
The Arizona State Republicans have stated, “While the Senate is now secure and safe, sadly smoke/tear gas has entered our chambers.”
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