The Washington Examiner reports that pro-abortion rioters descended on Arizona’s Capitol building on Friday — while lawmakers were in session — in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
According to the Examiner, the rioters were peaceably assembled for most of the day. But, as nighttime approached things turned ugly with rioters attempting to breach the building.
Arizona’s Department of Public Safety released a statement on Saturday indicating what had happened. Apparently, the rioters who descended on the capitol building numbered between 7,000 and 8,000.
The statement reads:
What began as a peaceful protest evolved into anarchical and criminal actions by masses of splinter groups. As groups realized the state legislature was in session, they attempted to breach the doors of the Arizona Senate and force their way into the building. The violence of their efforts literally shook the building and terrified citizens and law makers who occupied the building. As the glass doors bowed from attempts of forced entry, the occupants of the building were instructed to move to secure locations.
In response to this “direct threat” posed by the rioters, the department states that “Arizona State Troopers took immediate action and utilized tactics including the deployment of field force teams and tear gas.”
The rioters, though, didn’t stop there. They vandalized several nearby areas, including Wesley Bolin Plaza. Law enforcement was forced to clear this area as well.
The department concludes the report by listing the “significant criminal damage” that was caused by the rioters.
More details were provided by some of the lawmakers who were in the capitol building when the rioters attempted to breach it. Among them was State Sen. Kelly Townsend (R).
We are currently there being held hostage inside the Senate building due to members of the public trying to breach our security. We smell teargas and the children of one of the members are in the office sobbing with fear. I expect a J24 committee to be created immediately.
Townsend was clearly referring to the Democrat-run House committee that is “investigating” the Capitol protest of Jan. 6, 2021. Many are drawing parallels between the two — although there are significant differences.
This attempted breach of Arizona’s capitol building is just one of countless left-wing “protests” that have broken out across the country following the Supreme Court’s overruling of Roe.
While some of the protests really have been peaceful, others, like this one, turned violent.