Arizona Senate Shut Down By Protesters

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Protesters shut down the Senate on Friday.

On Friday, at approximately 8:30 p.m., the Arizona Senate was shut down temporarily due to protesters.

A Planned Parenthood protest began at 6 p.m. Friday at the Arizona Capitol – an hour ahead of a protest by the Phoenix Party for Socialism and Liberation and the Phoenix branch of Radical Women.

According to sources, DPS troopers used gas canisters and flash bangs to disperse the crowd.

“I am beyond impressed with our DPS officers who responded brilliantly to the attempted breach of security at the Arizona State Senate,” State senator Kelly Townsend told the Arizona Daily Independent. “This is why we do not defund the police.”

Eventually, the senators moved their work to a hearing room on the first floor of the Senate building.

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