18th Oct 2012 9:51am | By Dan Thorne
The US Green party presidential candidate Jill Stein and running mate Cheri Honkala were arrested at outside yesterday's US debate after attempting to join the proceedings, which Stein labelled 'a mockery'.
Shockingly, the pair were arrested for 'obstructing traffic' and spent “eight hours handcuffed to a metal chair in a remote police warehouse on Long Island” according to the Green Party's website.
“We are here to bring the courage of those excluded from our politics to this mock debate, this mockery of democracy.” said Stein, who had attempted to enter Hofstra university in New York with her supporters to join in the debate, which they believed was their democratic right.
"If you have done the work to get on the ballot, if you are on the ballot and could actually win the electoral college by being on the ballot in enough states, then you deserve to be in the election and you deserve to be heard...The American people deserve to hear choices which are not bought and paid for by multinational corporations and Wall Street. This is why we are not hearing the critical issues in this debate."
Green presidential candidate Jill Stein (left) and vice presidential candidate Cheri Honkala in July this year (Getty images)
They were pushed back by police and later arrested after a sit down protest under what their lawyers have described as a false charge of blocking traffic when there was no traffic in the area to block.
Stein and Honkala were taken away by police and arrested
Following Stein and Honkala's release, Stein released a statement that said “It was painful but symbolic to be handcuffed for all those hours, because that what the Commission on Presidential Debates has essentially done to American democracy.”
The Green Party will be included on 85% of ballots across the USA for the upcoming election.