Thousands of pro-Palestine protesters gathered in Washington D.C. on Saturday as weeks-long protests demanding an end to the war in Gaza continue. Angered by the recent U.S.-led strikes on Houthi targets in Yemen, the situation grew increasingly volatile on Saturday night as the protest devolved into a riot, with demonstrators pushing on a reinforced fence while throwing objects at police officers and Secret Service personnel.
Protesters chanted “hands off Yemen!” and waved Palestinian flags as they assembled outside the White House on Saturday. The demonstrations were part of a global day of protest as the war in Gaza drags past 100 days.
Video captured by on-the-ground reporter Wid Lyman shows an increasingly volatile situation, with scores of protesters pushing against a reinforced gate on the White House perimeter. Members of the crowd could also been seen throwing objects at police officers and Secret Service personnel.
Others could be heard yelling “break it down” while additional protesters attempted to scale the fence. Shouts of “no justice, no peace” and “f**k you!” could also be heard as protesters banged on the exterior fence.
At one point, D.C. Metropolitan Police officers could be seen stamping out a fire that had been set close to the perimeter.
The protesters were later dispersed.
“The crowd is now mostly gone. Here’s the aftermath of all the different items people in the crowd threw at DC police and Secret Service who were guarding the White House,” reported Townhall’s Julio Rosas.
Rosas later added that he did not observe any arrests.
The crowd is now mostly gone. Here’s the aftermath of all the different items people in the crowd threw at DC police and Secret Service who were guarding the White House. pic.twitter.com/zgaFKpQLSE
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) January 14, 2024