Arizona abortion protest: Police release tear gas, lawmakers ‘held hostage’ in Senate building

“Protesters threatened to break the AZ Senate entryway glass,” Republican Arizona State Senator Wendy Rogers tweeted, as members were in the middle of voting on a series of bills.

The situation escalated into a “hostage” situation as lawmakers were instructed not to exit the building, Republican Arizona State Senator Kelly Townsend said.

Law enforcement is forced to deploy tear gas to disperse protesters outside the Arizona Capitol after the Supreme Court's decision to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade on June 24, 2022.

Law enforcement is forced to deploy tear gas to disperse protesters outside the Arizona Capitol after the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade on June 24, 2022. (Arizona State Senator Michelle Ugenti-Rita)

“We are currently there being held hostage inside the Senate building due to members of the public trying to breach our security,” Townsend tweeted Friday night. “We smell tear gas and the children of one of the members are in the office sobbing with fear.”

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“I expect a J24 committee to be created immediately,” she added, referencing the January 6 committee that is investigating the insurrection of the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 2021.

Law enforcement is forced to deploy tear gas to disperse protesters outside the Arizona Capitol after the Supreme Court's decision to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade on June 24, 2022. (Rep. Sarah Liguori)

Law enforcement is forced to deploy tear gas to disperse protesters outside the Arizona Capitol after the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade on June 24, 2022. (Rep. Sarah Liguori)

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