Video: Police And Protesters Clash Outside Democratic HQ Following A Candlelight Vigil Calling For Ceasefire In Israel-Hamas Conflict
WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 15: Jewish Voice for Peace and If Not Now held a candlelight vigil to call for a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas conflict. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Police clashed with a coalition of Jewish Voice for Peace and If Not Now protesters following a candlelight vigil demonstration calling for a cease-fire in in Gaza outside the Democratic National Committee headquarters on Wednesday night.
Scores of Democratic representatives and candidates, including House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, were inside the building for a campaign reception when it was interrupted by chanting outside. Protesters said they wanted to block entrances and exits to force politicians to encounter their candlelight vigil and their calls for an end to the fighting. Many of them wore black shirts saying “Cease Fire Now.”
However, the situation swiftly devolved. U.S. Capitol Police said about 150 people were “illegally and violently protesting” in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington. But protesters blamed police for the violence, saying officers rushed them without warning.