Dec. 3 (UPI) — A gaggle of about 200 pro-Palestinian protesters flooded Instances Sq. and different elements of New York Metropolis on Saturday after police blocked the group from coming into the American Museum of Pure Historical past, citing a number of latest disturbances involving the identical group.
The rally started round 2 p.m. EST on the Higher West Aspect of Manhattan, in response to native information experiences.
Earlier than Saturday, the protest organizer, Inside Our Lifetime, advised its 143,000 Instagram followers to reach on the museum in “small teams” and to come back draped in Palestinian flags and attire.
Museum officers, nonetheless, locked the doorways and barricaded the factors of entry for a second time after the group tried to get inside every week in the past, forcing the power to batten down out of concern for its valued artifacts.
The protesters declare Israel was brazenly committing struggle crimes in Gaza throughout its struggle with Hamas, and have been heard chanting “Palestine might be free.”
In the meantime, at a McDonald’s restaurant in Instances Sq., a retailer worker pepper sprayed a number of demonstrators Saturday night time round 6 p.m. as they tried to enter the door.
Final week, one other protest sponsored by WOL tried to disrupt the annual tree lighting in Rockefeller Heart however the NYPD police moved in earlier than that they had an opportunity.
And weeks in the past, the identical group was accused of vandalizing the New York Public Library after somebody broke a set of glass doorways earlier than a perpetrator spray painted graffiti all through the power.