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Protesters against the Roe v Wade abortion ruling take to the streets from NYC to Los Angeles

At least two dozen people were arrested after thousands of protesters took to the streets in Manhattan and across the country after the Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe v Wade decision that protected women’s abortion rights for nearly 50 years.

Washington Square Park was packed with irate pro-choice supporters on Friday night before the crowd headed north through Midtown around 9 p.m., stopping at Grand Central Station, Times Square and Bryant Park.

A police officer estimated there were 17,000 people in the crowd. Many held signs reading “Keep your laws off my body” and “No womb, no opinion” while shouting chants such as “My body, my choice.”

During the march, the crowd stopped at the News Corp building on 6th Avenue, home of Fox News and The New York Post.

“Burn it down! Burn it down! Fk Tucker Carlson!” yelled the crowd outside the News Corp building.

“F- you!” They yelled at two security guards.

Someone in the crowd also spray-painted “F—k Fox” on the side of the building.

NYPD arrested at least a dozen protesters after the Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe v Wade decision.
NYPD arrested at least a dozen protesters after the Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe v Wade decision.
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Activists march on June 24, 2022 during a protest on the Brooklyn Bridge following the Supreme Court decision in Roe v.  to fall Wade.
Activists march on June 24, 2022 during a protest on the Brooklyn Bridge following the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. to fall Wade.
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Nearby, a protester appears to have smashed a window and poured an unknown liquid on the floor of the Women’s National Republican Club on 51st Street, photos show.

NYPD could not immediately confirm the incident, but a marked police squad car was parked outside the club.

The crowd ended their crusade in Bryant Park, where several people were arrested around 11 p.m. as they blocked traffic on 42nd Street and Avenue of the Americas. The Post counted at least a dozen people arrested by police.

They had sat cross-legged in the middle of the crosswalk when a police officer warned them that if they did not leave they would be arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. In response, three women stripped off their shirts completely topless.

Thousands of protesters took to the streets of New York City following the Supreme Court decision on June 24, 2022.
Thousands of protesters took to the streets of New York City following the Supreme Court decision on June 24, 2022.
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“Shame! Shame! Shame!” the crowd chanted as police officers placed zip ties around protesters’ hands.

Moments later, two others were also arrested.

Several other protesters were seen blocking a Harlem-bound M7 bus, with one climbing onto the windshield and twerking. Another protester pretended to collapse in front of the bus.

Later, protesters threw something at a passing police car while dozens stayed on the road blocking traffic.

“F-k 12!” A man yelled at a driver of a yellow Porsche after surrounding the car.

About four or five people jumped onto the bed of an 18-wheel vehicle as it drove up 6th Avenue. Moments later, a phalanx of police officers descended and arrested another handful of protesters.

Those arrested included a man in an “Fk Fox News” T-shirt and two tourists from Estonia.

In the park, speaking in front of a stage, a woman posing as Elizabeth of the Socialist Liberation Party told the crowd “The Supreme Court must be abolished” and called for “a summer of wrath”.

In Washington DC, another large protest on Capitol Hill was mostly peaceful except for a back and forth between protesters and police officers and an American flag lit in the street.

The protesters, many dressed in black and carrying open black umbrellas, marched past DC’s Metropolitan Police headquarters chanting, “Burn the precinct.” A group at the head of the march held a large banner that read, “You can’t control our bodies”.

US Capitol Police officers block access to the Capitol during an abortion protest on June 24, 2022.
US Capitol Police officers block access to the Capitol during an abortion protest on June 24, 2022.
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Activists hold up a sign that reads: "Flip the GOP over" outside the Supreme Court building in Washington, DC on June 24, 2022.
Activists hold up a sign that reads “Overturn the GOP” in front of the Supreme Court building in Washington, DC, on June 24, 2022.
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“F—k Judge Thomas,” they once sang.

The crowd returned to the Supreme Court building without spraying or damaging property.

Across Los Angeles county, protesters took over the LA Freeway before being dispersed by police, according to posts on the Citizen app. The video shows the crowd marching down the highway singing. Other gatherings were also reported from other parts of the city.

In downtown LA, video shows Protesters set off fireworks as they clash with LAPD officers.

Protesters were seen shoving each other with police in tactical gear at the intersection of Main St. and Fifth Street, according to video provided by KTLA reporter Andre Tinoco.

More officers sprinted to the intersection as tensions between police officers and protesters grew.

Abortion rights supporters march down the street during a protest in West Hollywood, California on June 24, 2022.
Abortion rights supporters march down the street during a protest in West Hollywood, California on June 24, 2022.
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Moments later, an LAFD ambulance arrived at the scene. The area was closed for about an hour before police said it was cleared. Police said: “No incidents have been reported.”

In Phoenix, people were sent screaming and running after police officers fired tear gas from inside the Capitol at crowds on the front lawn. video shows.

“It was kind of scary because I thought they were going to shoot flares at us,” a protester in Pheonix told The Post. “It all got smoky, it was hard to breathe for a while. We literally just yelled at the people in the building.”

At what appeared to be a peaceful rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a truck drove into pro-choice protesters after a verbal altercation, taking a woman to the hospital.

The incident happened near the city courthouse around 7:20 p.m., according to KCRG-TV, and was partially caught on camera. Video shows the pickup truck moving at slow speed as two people pressed against the bonnet and ran backwards to avoid being run over.

Other major US cities such as Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia saw their streets filled with thousands of protesters angry that over 40 million women in at least 26 states are expected to receive an abortion ban.

While the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Mississippi v. Roe statute doesn’t outlaw abortion, it does give state governments the power to regulate.

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JACLYN DIAZ

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