On Friday, progressive protestors stormed the U.S. Senate, taking over several Democratic senators’ offices and demanding that Congress compel Israel to implement a cease-fire in Gaza.
The far-left advocacy group Code Pink and the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights coordinated the sit-in, which resulted in the arrest of fifty-two protestors, according to a U.S. Capitol Police spokesperson.
The individuals detained were accused of breaking a D.C. Code provision pertaining to unlawful demonstrations conducted inside of congressional office buildings.
Today we were in Senate offices alongside many other activists pushing Senators to listen to the will of the people — we want a ceasefire and an end to US "aid" to Israel NOW! pic.twitter.com/O1A80a5vzU
The offices of Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Ed Markey (D-MA), and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Ben Cardin (D-MD) were overrun by those demonstrators, many of whom covered themselves in fake blood to draw attention to the carnage in Gaza.
Additionally, a group led by USCPR hanged a sizable banner outside Sen. Cory Booker’s (D-NJ) office, demanding that the United States cease arming Israel. The group shared pictures of the banner on social media.
The protest was orchestrated earlier this week by Code Pink in an attempt to scuttle Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s appearance before the Senate Appropriations Committee over President Joe Biden’s request for supplementary money, which includes more than $14 billion in aid to Israel.