Senator Encourages Americans To ‘Take Matters Into Your Own Hands’ When Dealing With Protesters

( – Senator Tom Cotton of Arizona has encouraged Americans to take matters into their own hands if they encounter roadblocks by pro-Palestinian protesters. Writing on Twitter, the Senator described demonstrations across the country on April 15 as “pro-Hamas” and said it was time to “put an end to this nonsense.”

Rallies against Israel’s war with Hamas took place the day after Iran bombarded the Jewish state with drones and missiles that were shot down with the help of US forces. Protesters blocked major roads, including Interstate 190, leading to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City were also affected.

Police arrested more than 250 protesters, some of whom chained themselves to railings on the iconic bridges or barrels of concrete, thereby slowing efforts to reopen roads. The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco was closed for several hours, police confirmed.

California Highway Patrol Chief Don Goodbrand said the demonstrations were orchestrated and intended to cause as much disruption as possible. “They prevented law enforcement, paramedics, ambulances from getting to their points of destination,” he said.

On their way to O’Hare and Seattle-Tacoma Airport in Washington, some flight passengers left their vehicles and walked to the airport terminals. While preventing people from reaching O’Hare International in Chicago, protester Simone Tucker told local media she had no choice but to “disrupt business as usual.” Fellow demonstrators said they object to US taxes being used to fund “genocide” in the Middle East.

In New York, US flags were burned, and protesters shouted “Death to America.” At Brooklyn Borough Hall, a man set fire to the Stars and Stripes while another jubilantly declared that “America falls today.” New York police say they made around 150 arrests.

The protests were arranged mainly by a group called A15 Action, which some commentators describe as “extreme-left.” The group chose April 15 because it is the date on which Americans file their tax returns.

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