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Occupy protesters arrested in targeting campaigns

Occupy protesters arrested in targeting campaigns

Police arrested more than a dozen Occupy protesters, including a 14-year-old girl, Thursday just days before Iowa's closely watched leadoff presidential caucuses.
Five were arrested outside the Iowa campaign headquarters of Republican candidate Ron Paul. The group then moved on to the Iowa Democratic Party headquarters, where 12 others were taken into custody. All were ticketed for trespassing and released.
Next week's caucuses are the first voting on the way to choosing a Republican challenger to President Barack Obama next November.
"They're all going to get equal play on this," said Occupy the Caucuses spokeswoman Danielle Ryun, who was arrested at the state Democratic Party headquarters. "We are very disillusioned with every candidate."
The Occupy the Caucuses effort launched this week and has attracted activists from around the United States. The demonstrations are an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement against economic inequality, which started in New York in September.
Organizers promised more confrontations Friday.
Protesters at Paul's campaign headquarters were protesting his proposal to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency if elected.
At the Iowa Democratic Party's offices, the protesters targeted Obama, demanding that he put a stop to home foreclosures, turn down campaign donations from Wall Street and end indefinite detentions of detainees at Guantanamo Bay.
Iowa Democratic Party Executive Director Norm Sterzenbach said the protesters were given the opportunity to express their opinions, but he said occupying the party offices was unacceptable.
A telephone message left for a Paul campaign spokesman was not returned.


Updated : 2021-08-02 05:23 GMT+08:00