Just The News: Protests rage nationwide after Roe reversal, Arizona lawmakers say ‘insurrection’ thwarted by police
Protests erupted across America Friday night as abortion rights activists objected to the Supreme Court’s reversal of the Roe v. Wade decision, creating a particularly tense stand-off in Arizona’s Capitol where lawmakers reported being trapped by an angry mob that had to be dispersed with tear gas.
“We are currently there being held hostage inside the Senate building due to members of the public trying to breach our security,” Arizona state Sen. Kelly Townsend tweeted Friday night. “We smell teargas and the children of one of the members are in the office sobbing with fear.”
Authorities confirmed a security situation at the Capitol building in Phoenix that required teargas and flash bangs to be deployed and an unlawful assembly to be declared.
“Protesters threatened to break the AZ Senate entryway glass,” state senator Wendy Rodgers explained. “Crowd was dispersed with tear gas. … We are headed to a secure room to go vote.”
“Sergeant at Arms says the mob is spray painting monuments and lighting fires,” Rodgers added. “Very dangerous outside.” more