US arrests presidential candidate

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Washington: The Green Party candidate for the US presidential race, Jill Stein, has been arrested and briefly jailed by the Texas police.

The 62-year-old third-party candidate, who is a physician by profession, was detained on Wednesday as she was attempting to deliver food to pro-environment protesters camping out to express opposition to the construction of a pipeline in the state.

She was reportedly handcuffed by the security guards working for TransCanada, the company in charge of the pipeline project, and handed over to the Texas police, who took her to jail on the charge of “criminal trespassing,” according to the website of an anti-pipeline activist group, Tar Sands Blockade.

Over the past 38 days, the opponents of the pipeline have camped out in the area, climbing the trees in the path of the Canada-built oil pipeline in Winnsboro, Texas, and effectively blocking the construction of the pipeline.

Stein’s official website states that the third-party candidate went to the blockade protest site to address the important issue of climate change.

“Everyone needs to step up resistance to climate-killing emissions. Romney and Obama are only talking about the symptoms of climate change in terms of destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy; the blockaders are addressing the cause,” Stein said in a statement posted on her site.

Prior to her arrest, Stein further emphasized in a statement that “the climate is taking this election by storm, breaking the silence of the Obama and Romney campaigns that have been bought and paid for by the oil, coal and gas companies.”

“Hurricane Sandy is just a taste of what’s to come under the climate destroying policies of Romney and Obama,” she added.

Earlier in October, Stein and her vice presidential running mate, Cheri honkala, were arrested by police when they attempted to enter the site of the exclusive second presidential debate between the candidates of Republican and Democratic political parties, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, respectively.

The Green Party candidate and her vice presidential nominee were protesting the exclusion of all but the two dominant political parties from taking part in the nationally-televised debate.
Four third-party candidates, however, held their own presidential debate in a Chicago hotel on October 22, which was broadcast online and on a few cable channels. Agencies

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