Pro-Palestinian Demonstration: A few people were taken into custody by the New York City Police Department on Wednesday night, a few blocks away from the yearly tree-lighting ceremony in Rockefeller Centre.
There will be a “heavy security presence” at the ceremony, according to the NYPD.
Pro-Palestinian Demonstration:: Following an hour-long demonstration outside the News Corp building at 47th and 6th, a group of several hundred pro-Palestinian protestors unfolded a large flag and made a fleeting attempt to advance towards the tree. The movement was stopped by barricades and a police line.
When the group changed their direction, there was a crowd surge, altercations, and a few arrests. After that, the group left the area by travelling south on 6th Avenue.
Prior to the ceremony, the NYPD announced that there would be a “heavy security presence” “to ensure all visitors enjoy the celebration safely.”
Counterterrorism officials with the New York City police issued a threat assessment advisory prior to the tree lighting, citing the possibility of disruptions due to protests sparked by the Israel-Hamas conflict.
ABC News was able to obtain the confidential document following protesters’ disruption of last week’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
The procession was momentarily stopped when protesters wearing white jumpsuits leaped barricades and ran into the street. The bulletin said that they tried to stop the parade by splattering fake blood and sticking their hands to the pavement.
They were seen carrying signs that read “genocide then, genocide now” and holding Palestinian flags in videos that were uploaded online. Additionally, they could be heard shouting “Viva, viva Palestina.”
According to the document, 34 people were taken into custody by the NYPD in relation to the Thanksgiving Day incident on suspicion of harassment, trespassing, resisting arrest, obstruction of governmental administration, and disorderly conduct.
The evaluation also mentioned how on November 24, demonstrators against Israeli actions in Gaza interrupted a tree-lighting ceremony in Seattle.