(CNN) — More than a dozen Democratic lawmakers, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, were arrested by US Capitol Police in Washington Tuesday afternoon during an abortion rights protest outside the Supreme Court.
Wearing green bandannas with the message “We will not back down,” they marched from the Capitol to the courthouse, which has been under siege for weeks, shortly after the leak of the draft decision that overturned the Roe v. Wade on abortion.
Within two minutes of their arrival, the police began ordering them to “cease and desist.” Instead, they sat in the street and were removed one by one by the agents while chanting: “The people, united, will never be divided.”
US Capitol Police tweeted: “Protesters are beginning to block First Street, NE. It is against the law to block traffic, so officers will give our standard of three warnings before they begin making arrests.”
Capitol Police later said they had arrested 34 people in all, including 16 members of Congress.
Among those arrested were:
- Katherine Clark of Massachusetts
- Ayanna Pressley from Massachusetts
- Barbara Lee from California
- Jackie Speier from California
- Sara Jacobs from California
- Ilhan Omar of Minnesota
- Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey
- Andy Levin from Michigan
- Rashida Tlaib of Michigan
- Jan Schakowski of Illinois
- Madeline Dean from Pennsylvania
- Cori Bush from Missouri
- Carolyn Maloney from New York
- Nydia Velazquez from New York
- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York
- Alma Adams of North Carolina