Police arrested five Occupy protesters who were camped outside the Des Moines campaign headquarters of Republican frontrunner Ron Paul.
According to a report from the Associated Press, organizers with Occupy the Caucuses say that the demonstrators went to the campaign office only to find the doors locked and they sat down in front. “Protesters were arrested on charges of trespassing after they refused to leave,” according to the AP.
Occupy The Caucus’s Twitter feed said the protesters took issue with the Texas Congressman’s campaign promise to abolish the EPA, and claimed they shouted “We need clean air and water, don’t dismantle the EPA!”
CNN’s Josh Rubin reports that “many of the Occupy demonstrators claimed sympathy, if not outright support for the ideology of Ron Paul, which made this protest especially uncomfortable for both the occupiers and the campaign.”
One of the arrested protester’s named Clark Davidson claimed to be a Ron Paul precinct captain as he was led away in handcuffs.
“I don’t believe with Ron Paul on every single issue…I came to stand with my sisters. I came to address that with the campaign and I just got arrested,” Davidson said.
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