You know that the powers that be want to keep you quiet when they physically restrain you to keep you out of a debate. Â Green Party candidate Jill Stein and her running mateÂ Cheri Honkala were apparently such a threat that they were left cuffed to chairs for 8 hours after their arrests at the site of last night’s presidential debate at Hofstra University.
“They felt the need to keep us in tight plastic restraints tightly secured to metal chairs,â€ť reported Stein.
The women were arrested by Nassau County police after trying unsuccessfully to gain access to the presidential debate. (read MORE about the arrest). Stein is the Green Party candidate for president and feels that since she is on the ballot, she has a right to be heard in the televised debates.Â â€śIf 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. ”
Stein reports that the women were handcuffed during the entire eight hours of their ordeal. Â When she requested that they be released the request was denied becauseÂ Â authorities did not want them â€śwandering around.â€ť
Stein and Honkala were released a half hour after the debate between frontrunners Mitt Romney and Barack Obama had concluded, and were told that “their car” was waiting. Â Raw Story reports:
â€śIt was actually a Secret Service car, apparently, that was waiting for us,â€ť Stein said. â€śWe were not allowed to make a phone call, there was no phone that was working. We didnâ€™t have ours â€” we had given our phones to our assistants â€” so it was quite a bit of work to be able to borrow a phone from someone in a gas station.â€ť
She did, however, say that she was allowed to return a call from her lawyer at one point, but was unable to make arrangements for her release because she did not know when that would happen.
â€śThey actually told our staff that they would be arrested if they continued to wait on site,â€ť Stein said.