Over a dozen were arrested in NYC as protesters who took to the streets after the Roe v Wade ruling was overturned by the Supreme court that had protected women’s right to abortion for almost 50 years.
Friday night, there were a lot of angry pro-choice supporters in Washington Square Park. Around 9 p.m., the crowd moved north through Midtown, stopping at Grand Central Station, Times Square, and Bryant Park.
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A police officer thought there were about 17,000 people in the crowd. Many people were holding signs that said things like “Keep your laws off my body” and “No uterus, no opinion” and shouting things like “My body, my choice.”
During the march, people stopped at the News Corp building on 6th Avenue, where Fox News and The New York Post are based.
“Burn it down! Burn it down! F–k Tucker Carlson!” the crowd yelled outside the News Corp building. “F– you!” they yelled at a pair of security guards. “F—k Fox” was also written on the side of the building by someone in the crowd.
Photos show that a protester broke a window at the Women’s National Republican Club on 51st Street and poured something on the floor. The march ended at Bryant Park, where several people were arrested for blocking traffic on 42nd Street and The Avenue of the Americas at around 11 p.m. The police had detained at least a dozen people.
They were sitting cross-legged in the middle of the crosswalk when a police officer told them that if they didn’t leave, they would be arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. As a response, three women took off their tops and stood there shirtless.
“Shame! Shame! “Shame!” the crowd chanted as police tied the protesters’ hands with zip ties. Soon after, two more people were also taken into custody.
Several other protesters were seen blocking a Harlem-bound M7 bus, and one of them was seen dancing on the windshield. Another protester acted like he or she was going to pass out in front of the bus. Later, protesters threw something at a passing police car while dozens of them still blocked the street.
A man yelled “F–k 12!” at the driver of a yellow Porsche after he had surrounded the car. As an 18-wheeler drove up 6th Avenue, about four or five people were seen jumping onto the flatbed. Moments later, a group of police showed up and arrested a few more protesters.
Two tourists from Estonia and a man with an “F–k Fox News” T-shirt were among those who were arrested.
At the park, a woman named Elizabeth from the Party of Socialist Liberation told the crowd, “The Supreme Court needs to be abolished,” and she called for “a summer of rage.”
In Washington, D.C., there was another big protest on Capitol Hill. It was mostly peaceful, but there was some pushing and shoving between protesters and police, and someone set an American flag on fire in the street.
Many of the protesters wore black and held open black umbrellas as they marched past the Metropolitan Police headquarters in Washington, DC. They chanted, “Burn the precinct to the ground!” At the front of the march, a group of people held a big sign that said, “They can’t control our bodies.”
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At one point, they said, “F—k Judge Thomas.”
The crowd went back to the Supreme Court building without vandalizing anything or spray painting it. A video shot in Downtown LA shows protesters lighting fireworks and fighting with LAPD officers. As tensions between police and protesters rose, more officers were seen running toward the intersection.
A moment later, an ambulance from the LAFD showed up. Before police said the area was safe again, it was closed for about an hour. “There were no reports of incidents,” the police said.
Video shows that police officers inside the capitol in Phoenix fired tear gas at the crowds on the front lawn, making people scream and run away. One protester in Phoenix said, “It was kind of scary because I thought they were shooting flares at us.” “There was a lot of smoke, and for a while, it was hard to breathe. Literally, all we did was yell at people inside the building.”
Video shows that the pickup truck was moving slowly while two people pressed against the front of its hood and ran backward to avoid being hit.
In other big U.S. cities like Chicago, Boston, and Philadelphia, there were thousands of angry protesters on the streets. They were upset that more than 40 million women in at least 26 states might not be able to get an abortion. The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Mississippi law that challenges Roe does not make abortion illegal, but it does give state governments more power to regulate it.
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