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The Arizona State Senate had to be evacuated and Los Angeles police officers used rubber bullets and batons against crowds protesting a change in the abortion law in the United States.
Dramatic footage from Los Angeles showed police ready to fire rubber bullets at an animated crowd, and another video showed a reporter being pushed to the ground by police officers with batons.
The Supreme Court on Friday overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade in 1973, which recognized women’s constitutional right to have an abortion, a decision condemned by President Joe Biden.
It’s a decision that will dramatically change the lives of many women in America and will exacerbate rising tensions in a deeply polarized country.
It has sparked protests across the US, and in Arizona police used tear gas to disperse a crowd who had begun banging on the glass and doors of the Senate building.
At one point a window was smashed as the scenes got more out of control and law Law enforcement officials declared an unlawful assembly.
Members of the House of Representatives took refuge in the building’s lobby before Senate Speaker Karen Fann called a recess and evacuated people to the basement.
There were about 1,000 protesters who gathered in Tucson and blocked traffic at the Senate building.
“We don’t know what the future of abortion in Arizona is. It’s very murky water,” said Amy Fitch-Heacock AzCentral.
“To date, all abortion treatment in the state of Arizona has stopped pending legal ramifications.”
Ms Fitch-Heacock, a founder of the group Arizonans for Reproductive Freedom, said the situation could become a “worst-case scenario” very soon.
She continued, “I fight because I know what happens to women who are denied abortions.
In Los Angeles, protesters rallied at Pershing Square and Federal Courthouse while some blocked traffic on the 110 freeway and clashes with police.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/us-news/breaking-clashes-phoenix-police-fire-27325039 Police fire tear gas during protests in Phoenix clashes as LA cops are seen shoving reporters