PORTLAND LAWMAKERS CONDEMN ATTACK ON OCCUPY MAINE PROTESTORS

Posted on October 25, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

(25 Oct 2011- It has been brought to my attention that Rep. Ben Chipman (I-Portland) was accidentally omitted from the list of Portland lawmakers condemning the attack upon OccupyMaine. Below is the additional statement from him, and the original press release has been amended to reflect as well. ~ Andi)


Rep. Ben Chipman, whose district borders Lincoln Park, is also very concerned about this incident and wants those who are responsible to be brought to justice immediately.

“I hope that those who are responsible for this act of violence are caught and brought to justice. I encourage anyone with information about this incident to call 874-8575 and report it to the police immediately,” said Chipman.


PORTLAND LAWMAKERS CONDEMN ATTACK ON OCCUPY MAINE PROTESTORS
October 24, 2011

PORTLAND— In response to an early Sunday morning explosive attack on the Occupy Maine protestors in Lincoln Park, the Portland delegation released the following statements:

“Violence cannot be tolerated. Whether you believe in the Occupy Maine/Wallstreet movement or not, it is unacceptable to put people’s lives in danger,” said Senator Justin Alfond of Portland. “The protestors in Lincoln Park have been peaceful and respectful and are dutifully exercising their right to free speech. The sentiment in Lincoln Park is one shared by many across the world. People are fed up with the shrinking middle class and frustrated by economic policies that help those at the very top at the expense of everyone else. I support the group’s efforts to protest without the threat of harm or danger.”

Rep. Diane Russell, whose district includes Lincoln Park said, “We strongly condemn this dangerous and insidious act of violence. The Occupy Maine protestors have been exercising their right to protest in a non-violent, respectful manner. When violence shuts down dissent, it shuts down democracy. Maine people are better than this.”

Rep. Ben Chipman, whose district borders Lincoln Park, is also very concerned about this incident and wants those who are responsible to be brought to justice immediately.

“I hope that those who are responsible for this act of violence are caught and brought to justice. I encourage anyone with information about this incident to call 874-8575 and report it to the police immediately,” said Chipman.

All members of the Portland delegation expressed concern and upset by the explosive that was hurled at the encampment—and encouraged the public’s help in identifying the perpetrators. Members of the Portland delegation include: Sen. Justin Alfond, Rep. Diane Russell, Rep. Ben Chipman, Rep. Peter Stuckey, Rep. Steve Lovejoy, Rep. Mark Dion, Rep. Denise Harlow, Rep. Anne Haskell and Rep. Jon Hinck.

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