Seventeen US lawmakers arrested in abortion protest as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ‘pretends to be handcuffed’

Seventeen members of Congress were arrested during an abortion rights protest, including Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib (left) and New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (right) (Picture: Getty, Reuters, Douglas Blair/Twitter)

Seventeen US lawmakers were arrested at an abortion rights rally outside the Capitol building, with one of them appearing to pretend she was handcuffed.

Among those arrested were members of ‘the Squad,’ a group of progressive legislators including Reps Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (New York), Ilhan Omar (Minnesota), Ayanna Pressley (Massachusetts), Rashida Tlaib (Michigan), and Cori Bush (Missouri).

As she was lead away by Capitol Police, Rep Ocasio-Cortez held her hands behind her back. Some conservative commentators mocked her pose, accusing her of ‘pretending to be handcuffed’.

The other Democratic lawmakers reported to be arrested so far include Reps (New York), (Michigan), Katherine Clark (Massachusetts), Alma Adams (North Carolina), (California), Nydia Velazquez (New York), Madeline Dean (Pennsylvania), Jan Schakowsky (Illinois), Bonnie Watson Coleman (New Jersey), Sara Jacobs (California), Barbara Lee (California), and (Texas).

The members of Congress wore green bandanas with the slogan ‘Won’t Back Down’ emblazoned on them.

The protestors intended to march from the Capitol building to the Supreme Court, a route that has been closed to the public since the draft decision overturning Roe v. Wade was L***ed in June.

The protestors were given a ‘cease and desist’ order by Capitol Police approximately two minutes after they entered the closed area.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is lead away by Capitol Police at the protest (Picture: Douglas Blair/The Daily Signal)

Eighteen more people were arrested at the event, .

The lawmakers are not expected to face any serious charges.

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