On Wednesday, April 24, a group of more than two dozen “Black Lives Matter” protesters disrupted the Oklahoma House of Representatives to protest against Republican-backed bills, forcing the statehouse into lockdown.

The protesters filled the gallery on the fifth floor while the Oklahoma House in the chamber below was in session, which was interrupted for several minutes.

Demonstrators chanted, “Stand together against all hate,” and “We will use our voices to stand against corruption, to combat hate, to save Black and Brown lives,” according to footage from local television station KOCO.

The protest was held in opposition to the GOP-led HB 1674 anti-riot bill, which provides legal rights for drivers who “unintentionally cause injury or death to an individual participating in a riot under certain circumstances,” according to Oklahoma Legislature. 

The bill, which goes into effect on Nov. 1, also changes state law to make illegally blocking a road or highway a crime punishable by up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine.

HB 1643, co-sponsored by Republican state Sen. David Bullard and Republican state Rep. Justin Humphrey, passed on the same day, sought to shield law enforcement officers and their families from “doxxing.”

The House passed the “Save Women’s Sports Act,” a third Republican-authored bill that would ban biological males who identify as transgender people from participating on female athletic teams because biological men have a “competitive advantage” over biological women, Fox News reported.

The bills received strong objections from the BLM protesters.

“You’re a disgrace, you’re an embarrassment to the whole [expletive] nation,” a male protester yelled at a lawmaker during what appeared to be a heated verbal confrontation.

“You are traitors, insurrectionists, seditionists,” a woman shouted. 

The protestors were finally escorted out of the building, and a “drug dog” was brought through the House gallery to ensure that nothing was left behind.

To date, no one in the media has accused the BLM protesters of being “violent insurrectionists,” in stark contrast to a handful of protesters on January 6th at the United States Capitol, who were part of a crowd of hundreds of thousands of peaceful demonstrators.