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8 Climate Change Protesters Arrested at Congressional Baseball Game: Police

In a statement, Capitol Police said eight climate change protesters were arrested on Wednesday after they were jostled on the field during a congressional baseball game.

A self-described “youth-led group,” Climate Defiance, took credit for the protest and released videos of X protesters rushing across the pitch, calling the “Chevron-sponsored” game “ill-advised.”

During the second round, more than a half-dozen protesters jumped the fence onto the field wearing T-shirts that read “END FOSSIL FUELS.”

Audience chants of “USA!” drowned out the protesters.

Anti-fossil fuel protesters take the field during a congressional baseball game in Washington, June 12, 2024.

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“Eight people face federal charges – Interfering with a Capitol Police Officer,” authorities said in a statement.

Pro-Palestinian protesters take the field during a congressional baseball game in Washington, June 12, 2024.

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The group protested outside the stadium before the start of the match and was vocal about the planned protest for several days before the match.

“Before the charity match, we were aware that some people were probably planning to protest. This was discussed during our planning meetings and included in our comprehensive action plan to ensure we have sufficient resources to respond quickly,” Capitol Police said in a statement regarding X.

Even before the first pitch of the game was thrown, screams erupted from the stands as about a dozen pro-Palestinian demonstrators began a demonstration opposing the U.S. government’s support for Israel, which has continued for more than eight months since the war with Hamas in Gaza.

The demonstration, which began during the presentation of the colors, continued until the national anthem was sung, which triggered a loud “USA” chant that began among some Republican Party fans and then spread throughout the entire stadium.

Anti-fossil fuel protesters hold signs during a congressional baseball game in Washington, June 12, 2024.

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As they unfurled posters and Palestinian flags, security immediately removed the protesters, several of whom were wearing keffiyehs, traditional Palestinian scarves that have become icons of the movement.

In an interview through the stadium’s outer fence, one protester spoke to ABC News, stating, “We are here to shame Congress for participating in, sponsoring and financing genocide.”

The Congressional Baseball Game is a bipartisan tradition dating back to 1909, with proceeds supporting D.C.-area charities. The annual competition has been in jeopardy before. In 2017, then-House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., was shot while practicing for Republican lawmakers. and Capitol Police Officer Crystal Griner.

ABC News’ Beatrice Peterson contributed to this report.