Dozens Arrested at US Capitol


( – In a significant enforcement action at the U.S. Capitol, the United States Capitol Police (USCP) arrested approximately 60 individuals involved in a protest inside the Capitol’s rotunda.

The protest, aimed at calling for a ceasefire in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, was confirmed by the USCP to the Daily Caller News Foundation.

This event is part of a series of Pro-Gaza protests at the U.S. Capitol complex, triggered by the Hamas terrorist attacks on Israel that began on October 7. Some of these demonstrations have disrupted Congressional proceedings. The USCP was prepared for this particular group, having prior knowledge of their plans to stage a protest during a tour of the Capitol Building.

The USCP’s Public Information Office detailed their preemptive strategy: they were ready with additional officers, anticipating the moment the group would violate the law against demonstrating inside Congressional Buildings. The protesters were screened upon entering the building, and once they broke the law, they were promptly arrested.

The nature of the protests has been contentious, with demonstrators accusing lawmakers of complicity in what they term a “genocide” due to their support of Israel. While there is bipartisan support in Congress for Israel’s right to self-defense, some Democratic lawmakers have raised concerns about the conduct of the Israeli Defense Forces during the conflict.

The situation also involves Matthew Graves, the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, who oversees all criminal prosecutions in Washington, D.C. At the time of the report, Graves had not responded to a request for comment on the matter. This incident underscores the complex and heated nature of international conflicts, particularly those involving Israel and Hamas, and their impact on domestic politics and public demonstrations in the United States.