200 arrested at pro-Palestinian protest in Pennsylvania state capitol

Police arrest some of about 200 people taken into custody on February 5, 2024, in the Rotunda of the State Capitol in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/ Mark Scolforo)
Police arrest some of about 200 people taken into custody on February 5, 2024, in the Rotunda of the State Capitol in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/ Mark Scolforo)

Police take about 200 people protesting the Pennsylvania state government’s investments in Israel into custody, shutting down a demonstration on the steps of the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg.

Organizers of the protest say some are being cited with failure to disperse and then released shortly afterward.

The protesters, many wearing t-shirts that said “Divest from genocide,” clap and chant during the protest, which organizers say was targeted at the state’s Treasury Department’s investment in Israel bonds.

One large sign says the state should reinvest that tax money in healthcare, housing, schools and climate. There were chants of “Free Palestine” before and after those espousing the notion were arrested.

The event was organized by Jewish Voice for Peace, the Philly Palestine Coalition, and the Pennsylvania Council on American-Islamic Relations. It began this morning outside the Capitol, but moved to the Rotunda by early afternoon.

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