Protesters outside the Democratic National Committee’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. calling for a ceasefire in Gaza on Nov. 15, 2023. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images.
Lawmakers were evacuated from the Democratic National Committee headquarters and House office buildings locked down on Wednesday after law enforcement clashed with protesters pressing for a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war.
Why it matters: The incident, which resulted in arrests, marks the latest in a series of large demonstrations on Capitol Hill over the Middle East conflict that have been putting Capitol security on edge.
- The DNC was hosting a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee candidate event at the time, with multiple Democratic leaders present including Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), two House Democrats told Axios.
What they’re saying: The Capitol Police said in a statement that six officers were treated for injuries “ranging from minor cuts to being pepper sprayed to being punched.”