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Update and More on Green Delaware Activist Arrest Story

Green Party DE Statement on Citizen's Arrest

01/23/2001

Recently a citizen of Delaware was arrested without just cause outside the inaugural reception of Ruth Minner.  Reports note that he was there to observe and not to protest or perform other non-violent civil action. 

While attendance of the inaugural reception was by invitation only, the citizen activist was arrested across the street from the reception in a public area of Legislative Hall where he was waiting peacefully. 

Apparently the Minner administration did not want him even nearby because he has been critical of Carper/Minner's environmental policies and on-going catering to the wealthy at the expense of others.
 
The Green Party of Delaware, in solidarity with other pro-democracy groups and members of the public, strongly condemns the Minner administration for this citizen¹s arrest in his exercise of his constitutional rights of assembly and free speech.  Such un-democratic actions only serve to squash public participation in a democracy starving for greater citizen involvement.  We, the Green Party of Delaware,  urge the State department of justice and Ruth Minner to issue an immediate apology to this citizen activist and restitute him any costs incurred as a result his unlawful arrest.  We further ask that steps be taken to prevent similar police actions in the future.  The Green Party of Delaware will continue to work with others to restore our government to one that is "of, by and for the people".
--
J. Roy Cannon
Chair, Newark Local of the Green Party of Delaware
(302) 738-9963
tandjc@dca.net
www.gpde.org
 


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