17 US lawmakers, including rising leftist star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, were arrested in Washington on Tuesday after a protest in support of abortion rights, police said.
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“We arrested a total of 35 people” including “17 members of Congress,” because after three summons, “some protesters (refused to) leave the street” between the Capitol and the Supreme Court, the Capitol Police tweeted.
Elected Democrat Ilhan Omar wrote on the social network that she was arrested during an “act of civil disobedience.”
“I will do everything in my power to sound the alarm about the assault on our reproductive rights,” added a left-wing member of the Democratic Party, such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
A video posted on the latter’s Twitter account, called AOC, shows a police officer escorting her down the street in front of the Supreme Court building.
The latter dynamited at the end of June the constitutional right to abortion in the United States, restored every state the right to ban it and caused a political tsunami.
Democrats and President Joe Biden are seeking to rally their voters on the subject in light of the midterm elections scheduled for November.
According to the American media Axios, the seventeen deputies arrested, members of the House of Representatives, are all Democrats and most of them are women.
It was on this same street, in the heart of the federal capital and between the Capitol and the Supreme Court, that thousands of people gathered in the hours and days following the landmark decision of the Supreme Court, on June 24, to protest. Against “historical return to the past”.
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