5 Occupy Protesters Arrested At Paul Campaign HQ

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Five Occupy protesters were arrested Thursday outside the Iowa campaign headquarters of presidential contender Ron Paul as the group continued its protest against Republican candidates and President Barack Obama.

The five were cited with trespassing and later released after they refused repeated requests to leave Paul’s campaign office in the Des Moines suburb of Ankeny. The action came a day after seven protesters were arrested outside Republican Mitt Romney’s Des Moines headquarters, and Occupy spokeswoman Danielle Ryun said more protests, and probably arrests, will come.

“They’re all going to get equal play on this,” Ryun said. “We are very disillusioned with every candidate.”

The protests are part of an Occupy the Caucuses effort launched this week in Des Moines, attracting activists from around the country. Many of them have promised to interrupt campaign activities.

Ryun said the protesters would be going to the Iowa Democratic Party headquarters in Des Moines later Thursday and to other Republican candidate offices Friday.

Eight protesters were arrested at the state Democratic Party offices on Dec. 19. Ryan said protesters would try to get into the offices again Thursday.

Lt. Ben Bowersox, an Ankeny police spokesman, said as many as 15 protesters were at the Paul headquarters. They were told to move to a public sidewalk nearby or face arrest. All but the five moved to the sidewalk.

He said police received a call from a nearby store operator in the strip mall where the Paul office is located.

Ryun said the goal is not to be arrested but since campaign officials won’t listen to them, protesters are willing to be arrested to get their message across.

“It would be great if we could show up, issue our concerns and have the candidates acknowledge us and change their platform,” she said.

Ryun said the Paul campaign headquarters were locked. By locking their doors, campaigns “are signaling to us that they have become disengaged,” Ryun said.

The protest at the Paul headquarters was aimed at his proposal to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency if elected.

A telephone message left for a Paul campaign spokesman was not returned.

The Occupy movement began in New York and has spread across the country. Activists generally protest the growing gap between rich and poor and corporate influence over government.

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  • maxey

    Rebels without a cause. Or a clue.

    • Swamp Fox

      Another example of “Stupid is as Stupid does”! Yes, rebels without a solid cause or clues for solutions. Hasn’t the Occupy folks taken lessons from past failed protests? The power brokers know the protest and scam-the-populace games well enough to ad nausea.

      The Occupy protesters had good intentions but had no direction or common purpose. Protesting in Iowa only makes their tenuous cause cause looks further ridiculous. Unfortunately, the GOP doesn’t know any better with the current slates of candidates. It’s seems that protesters and candidates are just spinning their political and ideological wheels in Iowa. What a sideshow to the 2012 Presidential political circuses yet to come.

      • foxswamp

        The 99% has got the top 1% outnumbered already.

  • Don't Tread on Me

    What’s sad is that they are seeking to interrupt a democratic process, not questionable dealings on the market. Its totally contradicting.

  • Kevin

    Did they stink?

  • Billy Bob

    Were they whining about not having a job?

    Blame Obama and the liberals. It’s ALL their fault.

    • Don't Tread on Me

      They were whining about how they won’t be able to get financial aid for their overpriced educations on useless artsy degrees that have no demand.

  • newcraft

    It’s starting to border on thuggery – they’re interrupting the flow of things for the 99% they pretend to be defending. You can’t “occupy” everything you disagree with – that’s not a movement. Everyone is allowed to speak in this country – and if you let the people you disagree with speak, soon enough they’ll prove their ingorance all on their own, as with Bachmann.
    There were even OWS supporters taking credit for Verizon reversing it’s fee decision. Apparently now EVERY consumer advocacy action belongs to OWS? Sorry, that’s not how it works and it’s frankly getting me angry to see them co-opting everything.
    Soon enough they’ll inspire their own backlash and OWS will be a blip on the historical culture radar, like MCHammer pants – seemed like a good idea at the time, but poorly executed.

  • tp

    here’s the missing clue.

    the original occupy platform http://www.RightsOfMan.org

    • newcraft

      Nice try, but they’re nowhere near that type of seriousness. The ‘Rights of Man’ don’t include the takeover of public property and inhibiting other people from access to their employment – no matter what the advertised ’cause.’

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