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Stein Slams 'Assaults on Occupy Movements'

In a statement released earlier this week, Lexington resident and Presidential hopeful Jill Stein condemns police actions at Occupy encampments as "suppressing rights of free speech, freedom of assembly and freedom of the press."

The recent rash of violent, viral videos from Occupy Wall Street protests has cauth the ire of Presidential candidate and Lexington resident  Jill Stein, who on Wednesday released a statement condemning recent police actions against the OWS movement

"The aggressive, needless police actions across the country against Occupy Wall Street (OWS) are an assault on civil liberties and an effort to suppress a much needed movement for economic justice and democracy," said Stein, a Green Party member and past candidate in Massachusetts elections. "The courageous protesters who have stood up to intimidation by lethal force are standing up for us all."

In the statement, Stein called upon mayors in occupied cities to "follow the example of Green Party Mayor Gayle McLaughlin of Richmond, Cali., who welcomed the local occupation" and contrasts that with videos and reports from Wall Street, UC Berkley and Occupy Oakland, which she says show public officials are "suppressing rights of free speech, freedom of assembly and freedom of the press."

"The use of police in full riot gear with helicopters buzzing overhead to arrest peaceful and largely sleeping protesters is frightening commentary on the militarization of state and municipal security," Stein said i nthe statement. "Unprovoked police violence against citizens practicing peaceful civil disobedience - clearly documented on videos gone viral on the Internet - is deeply alarming."

Wednesday was not the first time Stein has connected the Green Party and Occupy Movement since setting her sights on the White House.

In her announcement remarks last month, Stein introduced a and pointed to the Occupy Movement as an example of standing up for the 99 percent.

"In fact, young people are not only not giving up, they’re standing up like never before - – as we see so clearly in Zuccotti Square and Freedom Square and Grant Park and Dewey Square and hundreds of other Occupy encampments around the country," Stein said Oct. 24 at the State House. "And just like in the civil rights movement, when the young people stand up, the nation changes forever."

x November 18, 2011 at 01:54 PM
To My Flock, It is too bad Jill Stein doesn't have a greater profile and could take more votes away from Obama next November. As it is we have to settle for the inane comments above - too bad the Occupy movement did not pick Lexington Green as a location. Stein could have gotten a whiff of the movement and had to defend her position to Lexington residents. Let us hope that Stein continues to offer us entertainment... declaring Lexington a carbon-free zone would be a start. Teachers probably don't use number two pencils much anymore. Your spiritual advisor, Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III
Patrick Ball (Editor) November 18, 2011 at 07:47 PM
Hey Rev., Great to hear from you. I trust you're still holding down the fort over in Concord, but don't be a stranger. Your local editor, Patrick Ball
x November 19, 2011 at 12:10 AM
My Son Patrick, Seldom do I venture outside my Parish here in Concord... but seldom are we offered entertainment on the level of Jill Stein. Try to imagine our world as ruled by the Green Party: We could look forward to a classic hunter/ gatherer society, with few manufactured goods, and people constantly on the move. No fossil fuels, no nuclear power - electricity is only on during daylight or when the wind is blowing. A massive carbon tax shut down U.S. industry even as the scientific basis for climate change was increasingly questioned. Most of the rest of the world refuses to comply with greenhouse gas limits. There is little U.S. agriculture because 'full organic' could not be achieved; dreaded chemicals could not be lived without. Crops failed - other countries using fertilizers, pesticides and genetically modified organisms supply much fo the world's food stuffs. There is a massive shift of society's meager goods and wealth to supply the Occupy XXXXX Movement which the Green Party has supported in all major U.S. cities. Some quietly question whether this is a hidden tax, just like the old days. The Chinese and Indian aircraft carriers so prominent off both coasts are starting to be a bother. Someone dimly remembers when even Harvard had an ROTC. Lexington residents can be proud to be the home of the Green Party's presidential candidate. Your humble servant, Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III
Carey Campbell December 02, 2011 at 09:06 PM
Thanks for the Green Party, Dr. Jill Stein story.

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