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Congressional Baseball Game descends into chaos after protesters storm field

Suspected climate change protesters stormed the field at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday night, leading to several arrests at a charity congressional baseball game.

The game is designed to raise money for local charities in the Washington, D.C., area and features Democrats and Republicans from the House and Senate.

Climate change protesters held up signs that read “Stop playing with our future” and shirts that said “End fossil fuels” and chanted slogans, before some ran onto the field.

A group known as Climate Defiance claimed responsibility for the exhibit in a tweet by X.

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During a congressional baseball game at Nationals Park, eight people ran onto the field in an anti-fossil fuel demonstration. (Emily Hillstrom)

“UPDATE: Eight of us have been arrested for disrupting the Congressional Baseball Game. They are now in jail. Make no mistake, it is the members of Congress who should be in jail.”

The group also bragged about their mission on social media, leading to the suspension of the game.

“We played in the Congressional Baseball Game, but the game has been frozen! Congress sends billions of dollars of public funds to subsidize dangerous fossil fuels, while police attack us instead. This Chevron-sponsored game cannot continue. This is unacceptable,” the group wrote.

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Protesters gather on the field during the Congressional Baseball Game

Climate change protesters stormed the annual Congressional Baseball Game on Wednesday night. (Emily Hillstrom)

The United States Capitol Police (USCP) quickly arrived, escorted the protesters away and resumed the game, with the USCP confirming that eight people were arrested.

“We are proud of our officers working to keep everyone safe at tonight’s Congressional Charity Baseball Game. When eight individuals attempted to protest on the field, officers quickly intercepted them and arrested them. The eight have been charged with violating federal law – obstructing U.S. Capitol Police officers,” Capitol Police said in a statement.

A small group of anti-Israel protesters were also seen in the crowd, holding Palestine Liberation and Palestinian flags near the right-wing foul post, their message being booed by other spectators in the stands.

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This is not the first time the annual charity game has sparked controversy.

The event has come under increased scrutiny in recent years after a gunman opened fire on Republicans who had arrived at the stadium early for practice in 2017.

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