Pro-Palestinian Protesters Storm U.S. Capitol, Occupy Cannon Rotunda

Thousands of pro-Palestine protesters gathered outside the United States Capitol on Wednesday as hundreds more occupied the Cannon Rotunda, where demonstrations are prohibited.

Inside the Cannon office building, the protesters reportedly “demanded” an Israeli ceasefire.

In a post on X at 1:41 p.m., U.S. Capitol Police said: “We warned the protestors to stop demonstrating and when they did not comply we began arresting them.”

Video footage posted online show the police clashing with protesters.

Capitol Police later issued a traffic advisory, posting on X at 2:24 p.m.: “A large group of protesters are walking in the roadway around the House side of the Capitol Complex. For safety reasons, we have temporary rolling road closures in effect.”

In a speech to the mob outside the Capitol, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) issued a warning to the Biden regime and other Democrats who support Israel.

“A lot of us are not going to forget this!” She ranted.

The protest comes one day after media outlets in the U.S. and worldwide falsely reported that Israeli forces bombed a Palestinian hospital in Gaza, resulting in over 500 deaths. Conclusive evidence now points to a misfired rocket near the hospital in Gaza as the culprit.

Dozens of protests erupted outside of western embassies around the world Tuesday night in the wake of the tragedy.

Tlaib repeated the debunked claim that Israel bombed the hospital in tearful remarks to the pro-Hamas crowd.


Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene called the protest inside the Capitol building “an insurrection” in a post on X Wednesday afternoon.

“Literally, they’ve come in and taken over,” she said. “Of course, they know what they’re doing.”

Former FBI agent Kyle Seraphin encouraged his followers on X to call the Bureau and report the trespassing crime unfolding at the Capitol.

“Luckily, the @FBI already has a squad at Washington field that is prepared to investigate all of these trespassers,” the whistleblower wrote. “I assume @FBIWFO SWAT will be deployed to arrest them before they get away so they don’t have to round them up for 3 years…Are y’all calling the Field Office? 202-278-2000 is the number to call and report this ongoing crime.”

In a helpful reminder to the FBI, Seraphin listed 13 criminal charges that have been repeatedly leveled against the January 6 protesters for the same violations.


By 6:00 p.m., the rotunda was reportedly clear of illegal protesters and that USCP was processing arrests.

USCP told Fox News that about 300 demonstrators were arrested in the protest, including at least three who were charged with assault on a police officer.

USCP said that demonstrators inside the Cannon Rotunda will be charged with a single count of illegally protesting inside a House office building.


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About Debra Heine

Debra Heine is a conservative Catholic mom of six and longtime political pundit. She has written for several conservative news websites over the years, including Breitbart and PJ Media.

Photo: Demonstrators in support of Palestinians gather near the US Capitol during a protest in Washington, DC on October 18, 2023. Israel would let aid enter Gaza via Egypt, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office announced Wednesday, saying only "food, water and medicine" would be allowed into the blockaded Palestinian enclave. The Israeli announcement came as Biden ended a high-stakes visit, where he offered Israeli leaders continued US support and backed his ally's stance that Palestinian militants were behind a deadly rocket strike on a Gaza hospital. (Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT / AFP) (Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP via Getty Images)