More than 100 protesters in New York were arrested Friday during protests calling for urgent humanitarian aid and a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas crisis.
More than 3,000 people marched in pouring rain from Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan to U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s office, where they condemned the killings of Palestinians and Israelis and demanded that she and other members of Congress support a ceasefire resolution.
The “Ceasefire Now” peace march blocked traffic throughout Manhattan and a sit-in blocked streets during rush hour, prompting police to make arrests.
New York City police arrested 137 people, police said in a statement.
New York State Senator Jabari Brisport was among those arrested. In one video, he shared on social networks, the senator chanted “Free Palestine” as he stood in a handcuffed group behind a line of NYPD officers.
“We will not let our leaders repeat the mistakes of the past by escalating this war,” he wrote.
The arrests came amid ongoing protests in the United States, where demonstrators have called for an end to the bloody conflict that has left thousands dead in the space of two weeks. Protests were held across the country, including in Oakland, San Diego, Denver, Houston, New Orleans, Chicago, Cleveland and Washington DC.
Protests, including vigils and rallies in support of Israel, took place across New York’s five boroughs following Hamas attacks that killed more than 1,700 Israelis.
The protests condemned the killing of Israelis as well as the deaths of more than 4,000 people in Gaza during subsequent bombings.
“We believe in the sanctity of all life, which is why we condemned the (deaths of) civilians who were killed on October 7 in the horrific Hamas attacks, and we condemn the (deaths of) 4,100 Palestinians who been killed since then,” New York State Assembly member Zohran Mamdani told ABC News in New York at Friday’s protest.
Last week, more than 60 people were arrested during a protest at Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza. Another protest broke out outside the Brooklyn home of US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, demanding his support for a ceasefire resolution.
Several Democrats in Congress introduced a resolution supporting “immediate de-escalation and a cease-fire in Israel and Palestine.”
Ceasefire protests organized by progressive Jewish groups and Palestinian civil rights groups have continued in recent days in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan. Ceasefire protests also took place in Washington DC last week demanding an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.
More than 300 protesters were arrested at the U.S. Capitol after staging a sit-in on the Rotunda floor on October 18. Another group of demonstrators had been arrested the day before during a demonstration near the White House.