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Pro-Abortion Protesters Attempt to Breach Arizona Capitol Building, Force Senate Into Recess (VIDEOS)

Department of Public Safety officers shot tear gas out the windows of the Arizona Capitol Building on Friday evening after it was surrounded by thousands of pro-abortion protesters.

The protesters were banging on the windows and attempting to break them to get inside, according to DPS — which prompted the Senate to go into recess.

“Senate immediately bails out because of ‘security situation.’ Area outside Senate filled with people protesting Roe decision. They appear to have entered building,” 12 News reporter Brahm Resnik tweeted with a video from the Senate chamber.

State Senator Michelle Ugenti-Rita posted videos from inside the building, though it did not appear that any protesters had actually made it inside.

According to a report from AZ Family, “the rally started at 7 p.m. on Friday. The protesters then marched around the Capitol grounds. Many of them held up signs saying ‘Abort SCOTUS,’ and ‘Bans off our bodies.’ They also chanted ‘My body, my choice.’ The protest was peaceful for most of the night, even with a few counterprotesters who arrived and displayed crucifixes.”

The scene changed around 8:45 p.m. local time, when the protesters went up to the building and tried to gain entry, according to DPS.

An unlawful assembly was declared minutes later.

The officers ended up deploying tear gas, which cleared out the crowd.

Local 12 News reporter Bianca Buono tweeted a statement from DPS which explained, “Troopers deployed gas outside the Senate building after protesters attempted to break the glass. The crowd then moved to the Wesley Bolin Plaza where some monuments were vandalized. Gas was deployed again to disburse the crowd.”

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