Words of protest

Arrest warrant issued in North Dakota for Green Party candidate Jill Stein

Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The sheriff’s department in Morton County, North Dakota, issued an arrest warrant for Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein on Wednesday. Authorities there charged Stein with criminal mischief and criminal trespass after she spray painted a bulldozer being used to build a controversial oil pipeline through the state. Stein took part in a protest along with Native American tribes who oppose the pipeline because they say the project is destroying sacred burial sites. Stein, a 66-year-old doctor and environmental activist, spray painted the words “I approve this message” on the bulldozer. She does not dispute the allegations and on Wednesday even posted a photo of herself in the act of spray painting the piece of heavy machinery on her Twitter feed.

Afterwards she issued a statement saying, “I hope the North Dakota authorities press charges against the real vandalism taking place at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation: the bulldozing of sacred burial sites and the unleashing of vicious attack dogs.”

The sheriff’s department said an investigation is under way and in documents posted on its Facebook page described the incident as a “criminal act.”

Read the full story at The Huffington Post.

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