US Capital police clash with pro-Palestinian protesters rallying against Israel
US officers in riot gear clashed with dozens of demonstrators in the country’s capital who gathered on Wednesday to condemn Israel’s barbaric war in Gaza and demand a ceasefire by the regime.
The protestors marched outside the Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters in Washington, Reuters reported.
The protest was organized by three advocacy groups and held in an area near the US Capitol. Lawmakers who were inside the DNC building said police had evacuated them from the area.
Protesters linked arms in front of the DNC building’s entrance, where some sang: “Which side are you on?” Officers pushed and pulled the protesters to try to remove them from the area, at one point shoving one protester down a staircase leading to the entrance.
US Capitol Police said approximately 150 people were “illegally and violently protesting”. It said six officers were treated for injuries, ranging from cuts to being pepper sprayed and punched.
“One person has been arrested for assault on an officer,” Capitol Police said on social media.
The organizers rejected allegations that demonstrators were violent.
Israel has launched relentless air and ground attacks on the coastal territory, targeting hospitals, residences, and houses of worship, since Palestinian resistance movements launched a surprise attack, dubbed Operation al-Aqsa Storm, against the regime on October 7.
According to the Gaza-based health ministry, at least 11,500 Palestinians, including 4,710 children, have been killed in the strikes. More than 32,000 others have been injured.
Israel has also imposed a “complete siege” on Gaza, cutting off fuel, electricity, food, and water to the more than two million Palestinians living there.