Capitol Police arrest pro-Palestinian protesters who swarmed Senate building

Pro-Palestinian protesters were arrested in one of the Senate office buildings on Tuesday afternoon after marching in the basement hallways and one of the cafeteria areas.

The protesters were arrested after demonstrating inside the Dirksen Senate Office Building, a spokesperson for the U.S. Capitol Police confirmed to the Washington Examiner. Approximately 50 of those protesters were charged with crowding, obstructing, or incommoding a congressional office building.

The protesters were seen marching around the Senate basement, with part of the group shutting down one of the Senate cafeterias, according to Fox News. Several members of the group wore shirts reading “Let Gaza Live” and chanted “Senate can’t eat until Gaza eats.”

There have been several demonstrations inside Capitol office buildings related to the war in Gaza, with protesters often urging lawmakers to call for a ceasefire. Groups have previously interrupted press conferences and other congressional hearings demanding a ceasefire in Gaza.

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The protest comes as lawmakers return to Washington from recess and are faced with questions on how they’ll move forward with providing aid to countries including Israel and Ukraine. The war in Israel has divided lawmakers, particularly in the Democratic Party, about whether to provide increased funding to the country.

The House is also set to vote this week on a resolution opposing the Biden administration over what Republicans consider “one-sided pressure on Israel with respect to Gaza.” That resolution comes in response to a call between President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in which the president called for an immediate ceasefire in the area.

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