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‘Insurrection’ in Arizona: Pro-Abortion Activists and Teachers Force Lawmakers to Evacuate the Senate

There was an “insurrection” in Arizona last night, according to GOP lawmakers who were forced to evacuate the Senate after pro-abortion activists and teachers reportedly breached the capitol’s security.

“Law Enforcement Prevents Insurrection of State Senate While Lawmakers Conduct the People’s Work,” the Arizona State Senate Republican Caucus press release reads.

“Violent pro-abortion protestors attempts of an insurrection at the Arizona State Senate were thwarted Friday night, thanks to the swift action from local and state law enforcement,” the statement said. “While Arizona State Senate members were wrapping up passing important legislation for the session, extremist demonstrators made their way to the entrance of the Senate building and began forcibly trying to make entry by breaking windows and pushing down doors.”

“Law enforcement monitoring this situation called for backup and were able to disperse the crowd with tear gas before entry was made,” the release ad. “As this terrifying situation unfolded, Senate President Karen Fann called a recess so that Senators, staff and the public in attendance could evacuate to a secure location. Once the premises were secured, those inside the building were able to return to the Senate chambers. Unfortunately, the system that circulates the air through the facility pulled some of the smoke or tear gas into the Senate chambers, making the air quality unhealthy for anyone to return.”

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“In response, Senate proceedings were moved to another room of the building so that Senators could continue carrying out the people’s work,” the statement added.

“We are incredibly thankful for our local law enforcement who quickly intervened during what could have been a destructive and dangerous situation for our members, staff and public inside the Senate,” said Senate President Karen Fann. “Violence is never the answer, and we will not camouflage what was a blatant attempt at an insurrection as a ‘rally’ or ‘peaceful protest.’ We are calling on all state lawmakers to condemn these acts. There is a way to make your voice heard and violence is never the answer.”

Democrat state senator Raquel Terán claimed there was no security threat and that the state senate Republicans were effectively lying.

“Tonight, we saw what happens when our rights are stripped away,” Teran said. “Do not believe misinformation. There were no violent ‘education protestors.’ This is a sad night in Arizona but our work is not done. Take heart.”

“I will admit, it was chaotic, at one point I was told that folks were in the elevator and had tear gas but it turned out the protestors were the ones who had been gased,” she added.

However, footage from the night of the Arizona state capitol siege tells another story.

“Pro-abortion rioters in Phoenix are attempting to breach the state Capitol building,” journalist Ian Miles Cheong remarked to a video showing the scene.

According to A.R.S. 13-2402, you can get arrested for obstructing governmental operations by “knowingly hinder, impair, or obstruct a governmental function’s performance by an officially acting public servant.” Obstructing governmental operations is a misdemeanor crime.

Since the mainstream media approves of the radical protesters’ cause, it is doubtful their actions will be held to a small fraction of scrutiny of the January 6 “insurrection.” Nor will they adopt the Arizona Senate’s characterization of the riot as an “insurrection.”

But liberal attorney Jonathan Turley has effectively argued that “insurrection” is a misleading description of what occurred on January 6.

“While the majority of people who went to the Capitol were protesters and did not engage in the riot, there were some who sought to physically disrupt or prevent the certification, including the use of violent entry into the Capitol.”

“Yet, there remains a striking contrast in how other riots are characterized or prosecuted,” the attorney continued. “Most of those arrested for violent protests after the death of George Floyd saw their charges dropped by state prosecutors. For months, rioters sought to burn federal buildings or occupy state capitals and, in some cases, seized police stations, sections of cities, even occupied a city hall. They were not declared insurrectionists; they were rioters before being set free after brief arrests.”

“Many of us remain disgusted and angered by the Jan. 6 riot — but it was a riot,” Turley concluded.

The American people shouldn’t fail to note the mainstream media’s double standards.

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