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Thousands of Anti-Kavanaugh Protesters Take Washington D.C.

Thousands of demonstrators gathered outside the Supreme Court on Thursday to protest Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination.

The rallies come a day before senators are set to vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination following an FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations waged against him by Christine Blasey Ford.

Amy Schumer and Emily Ratajkowski were among almost 300 individuals arrested at the protest.

Capitol police said 293 protestors were arrested in the protest at the Hart Senate Office Building atrium, and nine were arrested in a demonstration at the fourth floor of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. All were charged with crowding, obstructing, or incommoding — a misdemeanor.

Among those arrested was Janet Redman of Washington D.C. She said the demonstrators were processed in a park outside the Russell Senate Office Building.

“We had folks who were in line today getting arrested who saw Roe v. Wade happen,” she said. “So we had people who knew what it was like when we didn’t have choice over our own bodies. And people who have grown up where they had choice. So we had people across generations who realize this is a scary time for democracy and a scary time for women, women of color in particular.”

After a rally at the Supreme Court, more than a thousand demonstrators trekked to the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building, where they engaged in prolonged chants of “this is what democracy looks like!” and “our voice!” Some of the Senate offices posted signs in their windows in support.

At the Supreme Court rally, demonstrators cheered as it was announced that Heidi Heitkamp, a North Dakota Democrat facing a tough reelection battle in a red state, will vote no on Kavanaugh.

Among the Hollywood figures who attended the rally: Emily Ratajkowski and Amy Schumer.

“No matter how this goes, they cannot keep us down. We will win. A vote for Kavanaugh is a vote saying women don’t matter,” Schumer said.

“Do not give up in this moment. Do not grow weary,” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), told the crowd, gathered on what is an unseasonably hot and humid day in Washington.

Shaunna Thomas of UltraViolet says the Trump “Access Hollywood” tape is being run on a screen on the National Mall on Thursday.

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