US Authorities Seek Arrest Of Green Presidential Candidate

US authorities seek arrest of Green presidential candidate

CHICAGO, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News -8th Sept,2016) - Authorities in the US state of North Dakota filed criminal charges Wednesday against Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein for spray painting a bulldozer during a protest against an oil pipeline opposed by Native Americans.

An arrest warrant was issued for Stein, who polls in the low single digits in national surveys, stemming from her actions a day earlier against the 1,200-mile (1,931-kilometer) pipeline project contested by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

The tribe contends that the pipeline, which would snake through North Dakota and three other states, would endanger its drinking water, and destroy historic and sacred sites. Supporters have been camping for months in grassland near the pipeline's route and the tribe's reservation to prevent it from being constructed under the Missouri River, the source of the tribe's drinking water supply.

A lawsuit against the project is pending in Federal court. Stein, her vice presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka, and as many as 200 others illegally went onto private land where the bulldozers were located and destroyed property, according to the Morton County Sheriff's Department.

Some of them were carrying hatchets and knives, and had covered their faces with masks, the sheriff's office said. There were no construction crew workers at the scene at the time. The protesters spray painted bulldozers. Stein's Twitter account showed a photo of her smiling with spray can in hand, painting the front of a bulldozer.