According to authorities, the recent anti-Israel rally in Brooklyn resulted in the arrest of 19 individuals. The rowdy demonstration, which saw thousands of protestors, turned violent and led to clashes with law enforcement.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) reported that they arrested and issued criminal court summonses to 16 protesters. Additionally, three others were taken into custody and subsequently released after receiving desk appearance tickets.
On Saturday, the NYPD faced a challenging task of containing the disruptive “Flood Brooklyn for Palestine” protest in Bay Ridge, which resulted in prolonged traffic shutdowns. The unruly mob, waving Palestinian flags, threw eggs at the police and set fires on the street, causing chaos and disorder.
A woman holding a sign that read “Zionism is Genocide” was being pulled away by the police while a young protester was seen trying to stop them.
According to a source in law enforcement, the situation was described as being “pretty heated.”
According to a statement from an NYPD spokesperson, officers came across a peaceful crowd during a protest that had not obtained a permit. However, some individuals within the crowd decided to behave aggressively and combatively towards the officers. After the utilization of the LRAD device, a few demonstrators pushed, shoved, and even struck the officers.
According to a statement released by authorities, officers were hit by various projectiles, including eggs, fireworks, and bottles, during the protests. In response to the disruptive behavior, law enforcement officials attempted to restore order by apprehending those accountable for the violent actions. The New York Police Department (NYPD) supports peaceful demonstrations but will not tolerate any form of violence directed towards officers.
According to the police, Marwan Hamed, Gabriella Flanagan, and Umahani Hamad were the three individuals who were taken into custody on misdemeanor charges.
Police stated that Hamed, a 29-year-old resident of Staten Island, was accused of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and failing to use the sidewalk.
The NYPD has charged Flanagan, a 23-year-old resident of Brooklyn, with several offenses including resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration, disorderly conduct, and failure to use a sidewalk.
According to the authorities, police have charged Hamad, an 18-year-old resident of Brooklyn, with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Bay Ridge, known for its significant Arab-American community, has become a site of unrest in the wake of the surprise attack by Hamas terrorists on Israel on Oct. 7. The attack resulted in the loss of over 1,400 Israeli lives and has sparked a series of protests across the country.
Protests have erupted in New York City and other parts of the world following Israel’s retaliatory strikes in the Gaza Strip.
On Saturday, approximately 5,000 protesters gathered at 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue in Bay Ridge to demand the US to withdraw its support for Israel. The unrest followed this demonstration.
During the demonstration, a protester made it clear that their group was not like others who were simply demanding a cease-fire. Instead, they were urging for more than just an end to genocide, but also for an end to the siege, blockade, and occupation.
Ari Kagan, a member of the City Council, strongly criticized the protest, describing it as “shameless.”
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“On X, Kagan expressed that the rally wasn’t focused on advocating for a two-state solution or freeing Gaza from Hamas, or even calling for the release of the many kidnapped Israelis and Americans. ”
“I condemn the pro-Hamas and anti-Israel rally as it was shameful,” expressed the speaker.
Following a demonstration organized by the Democratic Socialists of America, where almost 200 pro-Palestinian protesters were arrested for obstructing traffic in Manhattan, a lively rally took place the next day.
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