Arrests In Iowa:Campaigns Lock Out “Occupy” Message

They didn’t come to get arrested. “Occupy The Caucus” activists said they just wanted to have the campaigns of Ron Paul and Barack Obama listen to what they had to say. But at both presidential campaign headquarters in the Des Moines area, Occupy was locked out and people were eventually arrested when they refused to move away from the campaigns’ front doors.

This video from the protest outside Democratic Party headquarters was shot and edited by one of Occupy’s supporters Roger Routh. He is also a journalist in the Des Moines area.

What did the group want to tell the candidates?

In Occupy “mic check” fashion the crowd repeated their bullet point list as one of their organizers spoke.

“I asked our friends who are sitting in front of the door why they are here. And we have a list. We’re here to stop the global military empire. We’re here because there’s too money in politics. We’re here because we’re shut out of the two major parities. We’re here because the federal reserve bank is backed by debt and oil and war. We’re here because the National Defense Authorization Act is wrong”

People were then asked to come forward and say why else there were there today.

“Under Obama more immigrants have been deported than under the eight years of Bush”, said one woman. “Immigrants help fuel our economy and we shouldn’t use them as scapegoats.

Another woman said “I am here because education shouldn’t lead to debt slavery. That is wrong. That is sick. And we are one of the only free nations where that happens.

The Associated Press reports five protesters were arrested outside Ron Paul’s headquarters in Ankeny, Iowa and 12 more were taken into custody outside the Democratic Party headquarters in Des Moines.

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