Green Party nominee arrested in Philly bank sit-in

August 1, 2012 - 5:36 PM
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Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein, is transported in restraints to be arrested after a sit-in at a downtown Philadelphia bank over housing foreclosures. Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, in Philadelphia. About 50 Green Party supporters hope to protest at Fannie Mae. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein and her running mate have been arrested at a sit-in at a Philadelphia bank over housing foreclosures.

The arrests came after about 50 party supporters staged a protest Wednesday against Fannie Mae, the government-sponsored mortgage lender.

Some tried to reach Fannie Mae's downtown office through the adjacent bank. They staged a sit-in when they were denied access to the office building.

Stein and her running mate, Philadelphia activist Cheri Honkala (HAHN'-kah-lah), are among five people arrested. Police say they will face charges of defiant trespassing.

The demonstrators included several city residents struggling to keep their homes. Two met with Fannie Mae officials.

Stein is a Harvard-educated physician. Her "Green New Deal" platform aims to create sustainable local economies and reduce corporate power in politics.