Protesters who came to Capitol Hill to demand a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas resulted in more than 300 people being detained for unlawfully demonstrating and three others being charged with assaulting police.
On Wednesday, hundreds of protesters from Jewish advocacy organizations like Jewish Voice for Peace and If Not Now flooded a congressional office building.
Before being held by Capitol Police, they were wearing shirts that stated, “Jews say cease fire now,” and they were chanting, “Let Gaza live” and “not in my name.”
Police claim they gave the throng assembled in the rotunda of the Cannon House Office Building a warning to disperse before they started making the arrests because demonstrations are not permitted inside Capitol buildings.
Those accused of assault were detained in custody until they could make an appearance before a judge, but the 305 people who had been detained for unlawfully protesting were later freed.
In light of the most recent conflict between Hamas and Israel, a small number of liberal members of Congress have been advocating for a resolution, claiming that the Israeli military’s bombardment of Gazan residents is creating a humanitarian crisis.
The demonstrators never visited the United States. Capitol, as misinformation circulated on social media.