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A pro-choice protest in Sioux Falls, South Dakota escalated on Wednesday as several hundred protesters marched down a street, blocking traffic and police billowed with smoke and declared an ‘unlawful assembly’ , according to reports.
The protest, which police said was unauthorized, began in downtown Sioux Falls around 7 p.m., according to Dakota News Now.
A “couple” of protesters were arrested for failing to disperse or for other misdemeanors, Sioux Falls Police Chief Jon Thum said, according to Sioux Falls Chief Argus. It is unclear exactly how many protesters were arrested.
The illegal gathering was declared after 9 p.m.
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Protesters chanted slogans such as “Give up the Supreme Court” and “My body, my choice” as they marched down the street, with some taking a sit-in in the street, the Argus leader reported.
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“I think what you saw tonight was incredibly restrained policing,” Thum said, while confirming that police never used chemical agents during the protest, Dakota News Now reported.
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The march follows a busy weekend of similar protests across the country against the 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade of 1973 last Friday, which granted women the constitutional right to abortion.