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Occupy Protester Arrested at GOP Debate in Concord

Activist was previously arrested in 2011.

An activist involved in the movement here in New Hampshire was reportedly arrested on Jan. 8, allegedly attempting to enter the during the debate being held at the history Downtown Concord theatre.

According to his friends who were with him at the time, authorities at the theatre reportedly arrested Matthew Richards, a student at UNH/Manchester, allegedly attempting to enter the building. His friends claimed that he was injured during the arrest. They also claimed he offered no resistance while being taken into custody.

The would not confirm information gathered at the scene but did confirm that one person was arrested.

Richards is no stranger to being arrested. The New Hampshire Union Leader reported in November that Manchester police arrested him, after refusing to vacate Veterans Park after curfew.

Sarah Taft January 08, 2012 at 05:02 PM
You mean the Kochps had previously singled out this peaceful student for arrest and harassment last year.Please support freedom of speech and truth in journalism.
kidcat24 January 08, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Sarah, I fully support them.
TheNewsFix January 08, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Arrested on what grounds?
Debbie Niemeyer January 08, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Could anyone from Occupy please try to sneak (and please dress beyond casual) and do a mic check to ask on what these GOP clown think of the current Federal Minimum Wage? Right now, I'm not really able to do this myself. Thanks.
Foxey January 09, 2012 at 04:25 AM
He would not have been arrested if he had not violated the law. OWS has a habit of disrespecting the law.
Barbara Joseph January 09, 2012 at 01:33 PM
THEY ARE PAYING $55 PER DAY(24hrs) ON PERMITS POLICE GO IN THE CAMPS TEARTHEM UP SHOOTREAL BULLETS(ON CNN)PEPPER SRAY UM TEAR GAS UM USE RUBBER BULLETS ETCWHO HAVE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO BE IN ANY PUPLIC PLACE TO PROTEST! FREEDOM OF SPEECH PISSES UM OFF 1ST-2ND-3RD-5TH-7TH-8TH-9TH-10TH RGHTS ARE TRAMPLED ON THEBLINDFOLDOF JUSTICE SHOULD BE REMOVED,THESCALES TIPPED.JUSTICE IS NO LONGER BLIND A REVOLUTION COMING TO THE US I'LL BERIGHT ALONG WITH UM MAKING CITIZEN ARREST IF POLICE PUTS A HAND ON ME I GOT PEPPERSPRAY/ARMED OCCUPIERS? I HAVEN'T HEARD OF1 LEADER HEAR GRIEVANCES WHERE ISACLU? congress?UNITED NATIONS?(WHO SAID THEY WERE STOPPING THESE ABUSES WHO HAVE A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO BE DUEING WHAT THEY ARE) GOVERNORS OF STATES? MILITARY? NAACP? SUPREME COURT? JUDGES? JUSTICE DEPT.? THE PRISONERS @ GUATAMALA BAY ARE BEING TREATED BETTER!--THIS HAS TO STOP! WE (99%) CANNOT LOSE HOPE. KEEP ON, KEEPIN ON! WITH 300 MILLION GUNS IN THIS COUNTRY, NAZI GROUPS, KKK, MILITIAS,ANONYMOUS,WHAT REPUBLICANS CALL HIPPIES, I GUESS I AM ONE AS I AM A BABY BOOMER, ELDERLY PEOPLE, COLLEGE KIDS,UNITED NATIONS, THE REST OF THE WORLD WATCHING,ETC..WE THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE CAN TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK---EASILY! THROW ALL THE TREASONERS BOTH DOMESTIC/FORIEGN THIS INCLUDES BUSH/CHENEY & ALL THEIR COHERTS FOR MASS MURDER OF CIVILIANS! IN JAIL! FIGHT BACK THE POLICE. WE OUT # THEM! REMEMBER THAT ON BLOODY SUNDAY. 1ST DAY OF REVOLUTION!
rick barasso January 09, 2012 at 02:14 PM
It was through the efforts and self sacrifice of individuals involved in movements like Occupy, that are responsible for equal rights for all Americans, fair treatment of labor, ending unjust wars,and the abolition of slavery. Remember, there were politicians and men of power who fought these initiativeswith everything in their arsenal, they spent the rest of their lives apologizing for their misguided ideals. Some of these movements took decades to achieve there objectives. While no one responsible for the near collapse of the economy while making billions of dollars to satisfy their own greed has been arrested. Those who have the nerve to exercise their "freedom" of speech are pepper sprayed, beaten, and arrested. There is nothing new here. Throughout our history righteous individuals have had to fight the powers that benefit most from tyranny. The battle will be long, but the sacrifices by a few will benefit the masses as long as they remain vigilant. Force is always used when no reasonable argument can be made to justify your views.
Walter January 09, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Your parents must be proud of you, If you have any. Try using spell check
Walter January 09, 2012 at 03:48 PM
If you were at work you would not have to worry about all this
rick barasso January 09, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Isn't it rewarding when the other side's only objection to your point of view is your spelling, or some other denigrating remark that has nothing to do with the subject at hand. It usually shows you are on the side of the righteous. Sincerely, Rick
LJoel Hackbart January 13, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Rick, You leave me hard pressed to think of anything to add to your very inspiring posts. Well said. Keep up the good work.
JD January 14, 2012 at 11:08 PM
He was lucky he didn't get shot by the Police. More then likely he fit into the profile and that is why they arrested him.
JD January 14, 2012 at 11:12 PM
I need to know who to get a hold of to change the last line of the pledge from liberty and justice for all, to liberty and justice for the chosen few. Any ideas?
rick barasso January 14, 2012 at 11:34 PM
There must be a pledge committee somewhere. Find out who added "under God" not that long ago. If you think about each line, you'll probably find there isn't one thing in it that's true.
John Ryan January 15, 2012 at 12:01 AM
How about Occupy "GET A JOB"
kidcat24 January 20, 2012 at 01:23 PM
How about becoming informed and finding out a lot of the Occupiers have a job.
John Ryan January 20, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Seriously? I was in NYC the first week of December, and in Boston after that. Please don't try and tell me those people are employed. If they are looking for work though I understand our military is looking for a few good people
LJoel Hackbart January 20, 2012 at 04:58 PM
So you are at work then? You should not be doing this on company time.
LJoel Hackbart January 20, 2012 at 05:20 PM
I love how you right wing crazies talk out of both sides of your mouth. Frist, you blame the Bush great recession on Obama, claiming it is his fault the unemployment rate is so high. Then you turn around and tell unemployed people- oh, its easy to get a job if you look for one!!!!! But o.k. For the sake of argument I will play along. Say this unemployed person that you mock does all the right things. Searches relentlessly for a job- Interviews well and gets hired. Great!!!!! Just what do you think happens to the person that would have got hired instead?????? You never thought of that ???????? Thats called zero sum gain. The 'get off your fat ass and get a job" slogan has great merit in times of strong prosperity. But with 5 people for every job opening it clearly does not hold water. Most occupy supporters do not or did not stay in the tents. W#e have jobs and families and lives, and we have all been bent over by the powers that be.There is a big difference between honorable success and explotive greed. This destructive greed is what the protests are all about.
Paul Mercury January 21, 2012 at 06:50 AM
Most people who support the Occupy movement have jobs. Many do not. Some camp out, while others attend events when they can. Some are young, educated and un/underemployed, others are older and retired. You can find new, enthusiastic participants and some older, more seasoned activists. Some people who are drawn to the camps were/are homeless and/or mentally ill. It's a complex, truly grass-roots movement of people who understand that the vast majority (99%) of America have been having a harder and harder time making ends meet, while the very, very rich are doing better than ever - not from hard work, but from a system that has been rigged in their favor (by them). There's a great deal of solid information about OWS online, but it could take some effort on your part if you really want to understand what the people are angry about. If you don't, you're not alone. Most people find the "get a job" line more expedient.
Jan Schmidt January 21, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Very well said Rick - thank you.
Debra W January 21, 2012 at 02:00 PM
The ones disrespecting the law -- and getting away with it -- are the bankers, the CEO's from Wall Street. Where are the arrests of ANY of these people from corporate America who brought down the economy in 2008?

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