They denounce that pro-abortion protesters took legislators hostage in Arizona Capitol

A demonstration in Portland, Oregon, against the decision of the Supreme Court that invalidates the right to abortion.

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WASHINGTON – Phoenix Police (Arizona, USA) dispersed protesters with tear gas who had gathered on Friday night in front of the state parliament to protest against the Supreme Court ruling that ends the right to abortion.

In a statement, the police explained that tear gas was used after protesters “attempted to break the glass” of the large windows of the state parliament.

According to the video posted on Twitter by Republican state senator Michelle Ugenti-Rita, dozens of people were outside the building and some hit the windows hard as someone was heard yelling, “Get away from the doors right now!”

As a result, the state Senate that was in session had to adjourn.

In a message on Twitter, Republican state senator Kelly Townsend denounced that the protesters they were holding legislators “hostage” inside the Senate building.

“You can smell the tear gas and the children of one of the members (of parliament) are in his office crying with fear,” said Townsend.

Later, the senator posted photos in which the legislators could be seen meeting in another room and said that “they were fine”, willing to continue with the work.

Once the police dispersed the protesters from around the state parliament, they headed towards a square in front known as Wesley Bolin.

In their statement, the Police assured that the demonstrators attacked some of the monuments in Wesley Bolin Square and tear gas was again used to disperse them.

The one in Phoenix is ​​one of the dozens of demonstrations that were called on Friday night in protest of the Supreme Court ruling that eliminates federal protection of the right to abortion, which has allowed several states to already restrict that right.

The ruling has generated a great deal of confusion and clinics in some states, such as those in Arizona, have stopped performing abortions for fear of facing criminal consequences.

Specifically, those clinics fear a 1901 law, enacted 11 years before Arizona became a state, stating that anyone who facilitates an abortion can be sentenced between two and five years in prison.

Some Arizona Republicans argue that the law automatically went into effect after the Supreme Court ruling, though Democrats disagree.

Besides, there is in Arizona another law that prohibits abortion at 15 weeks of gestation and which is scheduled to come into force in September.

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