Green Party candidates Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala Arrested for trying to enter the Presidential debate

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Oct 16, 2012 by

While President Barack Obama and his challenger Mitt Romney will get the red carpets rolled out for them at Hofstra University Tuesday night, Green Party candidate Jill Stein got a far chillier reception when she and her running mate were arrested near the debate site.

A video posted by LI Report, a Hofstra student news website, shows Stein being blocked by police from entering the debate. On camera, Stein called the debate itself a “mockery of Democracy.”

According to the article, Stein and her running mate, Cheri Honkala, were blocked from entering because they did not have credentials.

Security at Hofstra has been even tighter than it was for the 2008 debate, given a sitting president will be on campus.

In the video, officers warn Stein and Honkala that they would be arrested if they did not move. And after they ignored those warnings, police arrested them and led them away.

According to a post on PhillyNOW, the Green Party candidates had planned to storm the event, knowing it could get them arrested.

Green Party candidate Jill Stein Arrested for trying to enter a Presidential debate.


Oct 16, 2012 by – Democracy Now! was on the scene at Hoftra University on Long Island as Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, and her vice-presidential running mate Cheri Honkala, was arrested after trying to enter the debate hall without credentials. The Green Party has been excluded from the presidential debate per a secretive process controlled by the Republican and Democratic parties.

Green Party’s Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala Arrested Attempting to Enter Hofstra Debate



Oct 17, 2012 by – Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein and vice presidential candidate Cheri Honkala were arrested Tuesday as they attempted to enter the grounds of the presidential debate site at Hofstra University. Like other third party candidates, Stein was blocked from participating in the debate by the Commission on Presidential Debates, which is controlled by the Republican and Democratic parties. Stein and Honkala were held for eight hours, handcuffed to chair. As she was being arrested, Stein condemned what she called “this mock debate, this mockery of democracy.” Just hours after being released, Stein joins us in the Democracy Now! studio.

Green Party Candidates Arrested, Shackled to Chairs For 8 Hours For Trying to Enter


Oct 17, 2012 by

On Tuesday, President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney went head-to-head in the second of three debates en route to Election Day. The debate was analyzed and talked about by the mainstream media, but what wasn’t talked about was how two third party candidates were arrested just outside the venue. Cheri Honkala, the vice-presidential nominee for the Green Party, speaks out about how she was detained for eight hours by the Secret Service and what her charges were.

Arrested Green Party VP nominee Cheri Honkala describes her detention by Secret


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