Protester Rebecca Burton talks to police after an altercation
with a Gingrich security aide.
MANCHESTER, N.H. — An Occupy protester at today’s Newt Gingrich Latino town hall says that she will “press charges” against a member of the security team at the event. Rebecca Burton, 43, of Manchester Connecticut says that she was inside the event and holding a sign when a man approached her. He ripped her sign, took her by the arm and shoved her, she said.
“He said, ‘get out, we don’t want you here,’” Burton told BuzzFeed. “He didn’t say who he was. I was inside the building peacefully holding my sign.”
Police took Burton and the security staffer outside and interviewed them separately. Burton says she will definitely bring charges against the man, who refused to comment on this story.
Meanwhile, a Gingrich staffer was heard outside the event asking police to move a group of protesters who have assembled there, chanting and at times banging on the windows of the restaurant where the event is being held.
Gingrich’s spokesman had no comment on the incident, which happened as Gingrich spoke to Hispanic voters at a town hall-style meeting at the Don Quijote restaurant.
Via: Rosie Gray
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My feelings weren’t hurt. The only feeling I have is anger that there is such a narcissism due to unearned privilege, that someone would think it was okay to lunge at a woman simply standing and chatting with her friend at a public event, and then grab me and shake me around and shove me into a crowd. Also, I’m not suing him, I’m not seeking damages. It was a simple assault, and I’m told that because of the privilege that comes with being associated with the rich and powerful, it’s likely that the whole matter will just go away for this guy anyway.
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