In the wake of Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, pro-abortion activists continue to hit the streets to voice their disagreement, but in Phoenix, Arizona, things turned very serious when protesters attempted to breach the state Capitol building, posed a “direct threat” to the lawmakers inside, and produced significant damage to the facility and surrounding area, according to the Washington Examiner.
In addition to effectively trapping legislators who were in session within the Senate building itself that evening, demonstrators also vandalized statues and historical monuments in the surrounding plaza, spray painting a host of vulgar slogans, including “F*** SCOTUS,” as the Daily Wire added.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) stated that the events of Friday night initially took the form of peaceful demonstrations involving between 7,000 and 8,000 individuals, but that the protests ultimately took a more menacing and alarming turn when the crowd attempted to get inside the Capitol and breach the entrance doors. WATCH:
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“The violence of their efforts literally shook the building and terrified citizens and lawmakers 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,” a statement from the AZDPS statement explained, with police having to deploy tear gas to disperse the activists and retake control of the area.
Some of those who were unable to leave the building during the unrest posted harrowing accounts on social media in real time and after calm was restored, with Republican state Sen. Kelly Townsend saying, “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 home of the members are in the office sobbing with fear.”
Drawing an analogy to the Jan. 6 2021 protests at the U.S. Capitol that sparked months of alarmist rhetoric and far-reaching, highly partisan congressional investigations, Townsend added, “I expect a J24 committee to be created immediately.”
It was not long after the smoke cleared and the activists were dispersed that Republicans and Democrats offered vastly different takes on what occurred, with GOP state Sen. Karen Fann characterizing the scene as “a blatant attempt at an insurrection,” and Senate Democrats declaring that description to be nothing more than “misinformation and fearmongering” designed to “deflect from the actions of January 6th.”
Sadly, given the chorus of calls from the those on the far left to defy the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade and their promises to launch a so-called “Summer of Rage,” in response to the ruling, the scenes of chaos and in Phoenix and elsewhere on Friday night may just be a preview of what is to come.