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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.

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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