Violent Anti-Israel Protesters Storm DNC Headquarters, 6 Police Officers Injured as Capitol Goes Into Lockdown

Protests outside the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) took a violent turn on Wednesday as anti-Israel groups clashed with police, injuring six officers and prompting all U.S. House buildings to be placed on lockdown.

A crowd of roughly 150 activists were demanding a ceasefire during what Capitol police described as a violent and illegal protest.

“Right now our officers are working to keep back approximately 150 people who are illegally and violently protesting in the area of Canal Street and Ivy Street, SE,” a statement read.

The police also noted that all House members had been “evacuated” and “officers are making arrests.”

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) confirmed buildings had been placed on lockdown, sharing an alert sent to House members advising that there is “no entry or exit … permitted at this time.”

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Protesters Injure Capitol Police Officers Outside DNC Headquarters

Video posted to the X social media platform shows some anti-Israel protesters violently clashing with Capitol police officers outside of DNC headquarters.

Other shocking imagery shows officers attempting to drag the pro-Palestinian protesters away from the entrance to the DNC building as they chant, “Let Gaza live.”

Officers in riot gear and using pepper spray pushed the protesters away as those inside the DNC building were evacuated.

One protester on the scene accused the Capitol police of “shoving anti-war activists down the stairs.”

The Capitol Police posted an update on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, revealing that six officers had been injured. The injuries involved cuts, pepper spray-related ailments, and even “being punched.”

Remarkably, however, they also announced only one arrest thus far.

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If It Looks Like an Insurrection…

Reaction from the right side of the social media sphere ranged from the obvious comparisons of the DNC protesters to a so-called “insurrection,” to observations that these “mostly peaceful” protesters will likely not suffer the same fate in the end as those who rioted at the Capitol in 2021.

Only one arrest seems to confirm that there will be little in the way of accountability. Will internet “sleuths” track down everybody in these videos for the next three years? Will there be an 11/15 committee convened?

One of the groups organizing the event accused the Capitol Police of instigating the violence and suggested that there would be more protests to come.

“Within moments tonight in Washington DC, police violently assaulted peaceful anti-war protestors calling for a ceasefire,” Jewish Voice for Peace said in a statement.

“This is the response from the US government to those of us calling for the protection and preciousness of Palestinian lives,” they added. “We won’t back down!”

Earlier this week, the March for Israel saw an estimated 200,000 people in attendance. No violent protests broke out at that event. The National Guard, though, was activated prior to the march.

Additionally, the Department of Homeland Security raised the security level to the highest designation in anticipation of the massive crowd.

It would appear they should have taken those precautions to address the DNC protesters instead.