Police were forced to deploy tear gas to separate the crowd gathering outside the Arizona state Capitol after a pro-abortion demonstration turned confrontational.
On Friday, hours after the US Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade, over 8,000 pro-abortion demonstrators gathered in front of the Capitol in downtown Phoenix. At the 7 o’clock demonstration, which started, there were placards that read: “Keep your Bible off my body,” “Why are old men making laws on my body” “forced birth is fascism,” “You’re killing us,” and “my body my rage.”
More signs pic.twitter.com/TtbVMMfsb1— Taylor Kinnerup (@TaylorKinnerup) June 25, 2022
When the state senate was in session on Friday night, protesters gathered around the Arizona state Capitol.
Law police deemed the pro-abortion demonstration an unlawful assembly just before 9 o’clock.
The left is showing everyone what a REAL “Insurrection” looks like right now in Downtown Phoenix.— Kari Lake (@KariLake) June 25, 2022
This is domestic terrorism. The Arizona national guard should have been deployed hours ago, @DougDucey
Arrest these animals immediately. They are out for blood. pic.twitter.com/RI8uNrioVz
Kari Lake, a Republican running for governor of Arizona, posted a video of the crowd outside the Capitol with the caption: “The left is showing everyone what a REAL ‘Insurrection’ looks like right now in Downtown Phoenix. This is domestic terrorism. The Arizona national guard should have been deployed hours ago, @DougDucey Arrest these animals immediately. They are out for blood.”
Arizona State Senate pic.twitter.com/0acGnDf5Y4— Michelle Ugenti-RITA (@MichelleUgenti) June 25, 2022
Senator Michelle Ugenti-Rita, a Republican from the state, posted a video of demonstrators smashing the glass.
🚨#BREAKING: Police fire tear gas towards pro-choice protesters in Phoenix— R A W S A L E R T S (@rawsalerts) June 25, 2022
📌 #Phoenix l #Arizona
Right now Arizona police are in riot gear clearing out the pro-choice protesters as they Fire teargas right into the crowd straight from the Capitol windows in Phoenix Arizona pic.twitter.com/DuwFA08zKU
Troopers from the Department of Public Safety deployed tear gas to scatter the agitated gathering outside the Capitol.
DPS used tear gas and people went running away from the Capitol. People coughing and now DPS is telling people to disperse. Protestors were banging on the Capitol windows @azfamily #Phoenix pic.twitter.com/IZpgOuTDlu— Michael Raimondi (@mraimonditv) June 25, 2022
According to the Department of Public Safety, Michael Raimondi of AZ Family “Our troopers were in the Senate lobby in full view of the rioters as they pounded on the glass. We believe they had every intention of getting inside the senate building.”
On Friday night, there were multiple violent outbursts at pro-abortion demonstrations in a number of US cities.