Three pro-Palestinian protestors were arrested at Washington, D.C.'s Union Station Friday night.
The arrests occurred as hundreds of protesters assembled to call for a cease-fire by Israel against Hamas in Gaza.
Three people arrested during pro-Palestinian protest at Union Station https://t.co/44L7LpPCsA
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"Protesters douse the walls outside the station with graffiti and press red hand prints on them," the Washington Examiner reported.
"Those arrested were detained for defacing property, the Metropolitan Police Department told the Washington Examiner. A fourth person was also arrested at Union Station on Friday night but was unrelated to the protest," it added.
Pro-Palestinian protest calling for a ceasefire, taking place in Union Station in Washington DC. pic.twitter.com/PbpQSF5gkg
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"WTOP’s Scott Gelman reported Union Station was completely blocked off around 6:30 p.m. and that the demonstration began at the front of Union Station, but later moved to the side on First Street NE," the outlet reported.
"Crowds ultimately dissipated around 8 p.m., Gelman reported. Red Line trains had been bypassing the station, but regular service resumed after the crowds left," it noted.
Pro-Palestinian rallies in NYC and DC interrupt crowded hubs during rush-hour commute https://t.co/Sg87XRMtIf
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"At the same time, protesters in New York City converged near Penn Station in New York City, blocking access to the main train hub in and out of the city," Fox News reported.
"The New York City Police Department (NYPD) rushed to shut down all surrounding subway stations and entrances near Moynihan Train Hall, just across the street from Penn Station," it continued.
The protests are among numerous actions taken by pro-Palestinian activists in the U.S. and other nations seeking to end the war in Gaza. Israel invaded the territory last month after attacks by Hamas terrorists killed 1,400 Israelis, including attacks on civilians at a music festival that killed 260 people.
Over 240 hostages were also taken, with Israel vowing to continue until all hostages are released. In addition, over 30 Americans were killed during the Hamas attacks, making the attacks more personal for the nation.
The protests have argued against Israel's actions instead of opposing Hamas, sparking massive controversy and seen as antisemitic actions by many Jews and Jewish supporters. The ongoing actions have been supported by some Democrats, including Squad members such as Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) who was censured over her remarks against Israel.