Anti-abortion activists are tear gassed as they breach Arizona Capitol building
Police fired tear gas from the windows of the Arizona Capitol building to disperse hundreds of people demonstrating outside, while lawmakers briefly settled in a basement.
Lawmakers were working to wrap up their 2022 session as thousands of protesters gathered at the Phoenix Capitol Building Friday night, divided into groups condemning and supporting the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision.
SWAT team members from the Department of Public Safety fired tear gas from inside the building to disperse the protesters. KPHO-TV reported that officers opened fire when several anti-abortion protesters began pounding on the building’s glass doors.
It was not immediately known whether there were any injuries or arrests.
The incident sent Senate lawmakers into the building’s basement for about 20 minutes, Democratic Senator Martin Quezada said.
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KPHO-TV reported that officers opened fire when several anti-abortion protesters began pounding on the building’s glass doors.
Corrosive tear gas then drifted through the Capitol, forcing the Senate to move its work to a hearing room instead of the Senate Chamber.
Thousands of spirited protesters took to the streets in rural towns on Friday to protest the overthrow of Roe v. Wade.
Most carried placards, chanted slogans and listened to speeches.
At least 25 people were arrested in New York on Friday after demonstrations in the city New York Post†
Similar arrests were made in Los Angeles, according to KTLAwhile protesters in Chicago, Washington and other major cities also took place.
At least 25 people were arrested in New York on Friday after demonstrations in the city
Protesters were also arrested after clashes with police turned violent
People in Washington, Chicago and other cities also marched Friday night
A pickup truck ran into pro-choice protesters in Iowa as demonstrations turned violent.
The black vehicle drove through the group of activists in Cedar Rapids, despite them yelling to stop and banging on the hood and window.
One turned out to be grabbed and narrowly run over before the driver fled during Friday night’s shocking exchange.
Another had run over her foot and continued to cry in pain. And a third was thrown to the ground as he drove away, with bruises and scrapes.
It comes as tens of thousands took to the streets of the US amid mixed reactions in the Supreme Court that tore up Roe v Wade and returned the rights to abortions to states after nearly 50 years.
Outraged pro-choice protesters took to the streets in cities like Washington DC, Phoenix, New York City and Los Angeles, pleading with the Biden administration to find a way to reverse the decision.
One group was spotted burning the flag of the United States in the capital, while others gathered outside the home of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
In Arizona, officers were forced to fire tear gas at protesters after they appeared to breach the state Senate building in Phoenix, evacuating staff, but no one reported being injured.
And at least 25 were arrested in New York City after about 17,000 people descended on Washington Square Park before marching through the streets to Grand Central Station, Times Square and Bryant Park.
They also stopped in front of News Corp. headquarters — home to Fox News and The New York Post — and yelled, “Burn it down! Burn it down! F–k Tucker Carlson!’ Vandals also sprayed ‘F*** Fox’ on the side of the building.
Meanwhile, pro-life protesters also gathered across the country, some bursting into tears as they celebrated the immediate end of abortions in 18 states.
The Supreme Court on Friday scrapped the right to abortion in a seismic ruling that destroyed five decades of constitutional protections.
The conservative-dominated court overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade decision that established a woman’s right to abortion, stating that individual states can restrict or prohibit the procedure themselves.
The black pickup truck was captured on social media Friday night in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, shunting the crowd.
There appeared to be two people in front of the black pickup truck as it continued to drive through the crowd despite yelling. One of the women, in the white t-shirt and jeans, told DailyMail.com about struggling with the driver and yelling at him to stop
When two protesters were diverted by the vehicle, the woman, Alexis Russell, yelled through the window for the driver to stop
The driver continued to accelerate despite the protesters around and in front of him
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Russell, in the white t-shirt and jeans, can be seen struggling with the pickup truck driver
The driver pushed two people along the road in front of his vehicle while Russell yelled at him to stop at his window
Russell is seen marching through Cedar Rapids on Friday with her fellow protesters, shortly before the crowd was rammed by the pickup truck
Alexis Russell, 30, saw the man driving his pickup into the crowd and ran to urge him to stop. “I was standing on a sidewalk overlooking the road,” she told DailyMail.com. “So when I saw it, I didn’t even hesitate.”
The footage shows Russell, in her white t-shirt and jeans, with long black hair, desperately trying to get the driver to stop, while two people are shunted along the road on the hood of his car.
“I ran over there and tried to grab the wheel,” she said. “I was like — what the hell are you doing? You are literally hurting these people.
“They don’t do anything. “He grabbed my plate through the window and tore it open. I reached for the steering wheel and he grabbed my plate but didn’t hold it, so I have both pieces.”
Up to that point, Russell said the march of 300-400 people had gone peacefully, although many other motorists in staunch Republican Iowa had “pushed” us as they passed.
Stacey Walker, 34, a local politician who sits on the board of the Linn County Board of Supervisors, told the DailyMail.com that the march had been “pretty quiet” as he passed through the city past major landmarks and came to an end.
He said there had been some laziness, but nothing special. He then became aware of the commotion and saw an assistant from his office being pushed across the road – one of two people being shunted by the pickup.
Walker sprinted to the car and videos have been seen on social media shouting at the driver. It was pretty clear the driver had no intention of stopping,” Walker said. “I suspect this gentleman didn’t agree with what we were doing.