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Troopers Arrest Santa Claus & Elf for Chalking Wishes At Capitol

Occupy Austin calls for Free Santa Solidarity Rally 6pm at Travis County Jail

Austin, Texas December 21, 2012: Acclaimed Arctic peace activist Kris Kringle, better known to the world as Santa Claus, was arrested early this afternoon at the Texas State Capitol. Claus was arrested while chalking Christmas wishes for the world, offered by children and other holiday merry makers.

Santa facedown in handcuffs.

State Troopers arrested Santa Claus today for writing with sidewalk chalk.

“Today I saw the jolly red elf at the Capitol, cheerfully requesting that children write their wishes for a better world in chalk on the sidewalk. Santa said his favorite word was ‘Community.’ Various children wrote words like ‘Peace,’ ‘Friendship,’ and ‘Grace,’” said Occupy Austin’s Lainie Duro, a witness to the arrest.

After wrestling Santa to the ground and placing handcuffs on him, State Troopers also arrested Corey Elf after he used sidewalk chalk to write “Free Santa.” Both were arrested for Criminal Mischief, while Santa may face additional resisting arrest charges.

Occupy Austin stands in solidarity with Santa Claus and his elf. Three members of Occupy Austin, Audrey Steiner, Corey Williams, and Jim Bird were arrested earlier in 2012 for chalk. Though they were held in Travis County Jail, they have not been charged with any crime, raising questions about whether Troopers are arresting activists to silence them.

Occupy Austin believes that the use of washable sidewalk chalk is constitutionally protected free speech, and several previous court rulings agree. The organization demands that the Texas State Preservation Board respect the free speech rights of chalkers, and that State Troopers halt arrests immediately.

Occupy Austin called for a Free Santa Rally to begin at 6pm at the Travis County Jail (500 W. 10th St) and to continue until Santa Claus and Corey Elf are released. “DPS has overstepped all boundaries today and I will stand and wait for Santa. I hope he’s out quick, I hear he still has a lot to do to get ready for Tuesday,” said another witness, Christopher Michael, a member of the Occupy Your Capitol group.

About Santa Claus

Santa Claus, or Kris Kringle, is an internationally known child welfare and world peace activist. With the help of his many elves, Santa delivers gifts to good children all over the world while cultivating a sense of global togetherness and love. His busiest night, Christmas Eve, is just around the corner.

About Occupy Austin

Occupy Austin is a standing protest against the unjust and harmful power of large corporations over the world’s economic and political systems and against threats to civil liberties and democracy at home and abroad. Our Occupation began on October 6, 2011 and continues to hold marches and events throughout the city.

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For interviews, more information or photos and other media contact:

Chris Michael,

512santa@gmail.com

http://occupyaustin.org/


19 Responses

  1. [...] “Today I saw the jolly red elf at the Capitol, cheerfully requesting that children write their wishes for a better world in chalk on the sidewalk. Santa said his favorite word was ‘Community.’ Various children wrote words like ‘Peace,’ ‘Friendship,’ and ‘Grace,’” Occupy Austin’s Lainie Duro, a witness to the arrest, said in the statement. [...]

  2. [...] “Today I saw the jolly red elf at the Capitol, cheerfully requesting that children write their wishes for a better world in chalk on the sidewalk. Santa said his favorite word was ‘Community.’ Various children wrote words like ‘Peace,’ ‘Friendship,’ and ‘Grace,’” Occupy Austin’s Lainie Duro, a witness to the arrest, said in the statement. [...]

  3. [...] “Today I saw the jolly red elf at the Capitol, cheerfully requesting that children write their wishes for a better world in chalk on the sidewalk. Santa said his favorite word was ‘Community.’ Various children wrote words like ‘Peace,’ ‘Friendship,’ and ‘Grace,’” Occupy Austin’s Lainie Duro, a witness to the arrest, said in the statement. [...]

  4. [...] “Today I saw the jolly red elf at the Capitol, cheerfully requesting that children write their wishes for a better world in chalk on the sidewalk. Santa said his favorite word was ‘Community.’ Various children wrote words like ‘Peace,’ ‘Friendship,’ and ‘Grace,’” Occupy Austin’s Lainie Duro, a witness to the arrest, said in the statement. [...]

  5. [...] “Today I saw the jolly red elf at the Capitol, cheerfully requesting that children write their wishes for a better world in chalk on the sidewalk. Santa said his favorite word was ‘Community.’ Various children wrote words like ‘Peace,’ ‘Friendship,’ and ‘Grace,’” Occupy Austin’s Lainie Duro, a witness to the arrest, said in the statement. [...]

  6. [...] “Today I saw the jolly red elf at the Capitol, cheerfully requesting that children write their wishes for a better world in chalk on the sidewalk. Santa said his favorite word was ‘Community.’ Various children wrote words like ‘Peace,’ ‘Friendship,’ and ‘Grace,’” Occupy Austin’s Lainie Duro, a witness to the arrest, said in the statement. [...]

  7. Michael SchweitzerDecember 22nd, 2012

    I hold police in total contempt because they have taught me repeatedly they are the lowest of all criminals. Except for the prosecutors who refuse to prosecute them, and instead prosecute their victims, and the judges who punish the victims and praise the police.

  8. By: Randy Wayne Fricke, Authorized Representative For: RANDY W FRICKE, Represented PartyDecember 22nd, 2012

    We need this generation of kids to grow with the knowledge that the 39¢ pen that’s chained to the customer service desk at Wal*Mart is safer that they are. Or Santa Claus. Classic! Maybe THEY will have the courage to stand up to these NWO thugs. God knows our generation has jumped the shark. Where are the men in this country?

  9. [...] “Today I saw the jolly red elf at the Capitol, cheerfully requesting that children write their wishes for a better world in chalk on the sidewalk. Santa said his favorite word was ‘Community.’ Various children wrote words like ‘Peace,’ ‘Friendship,’ and ‘Grace,’” Occupy Austin’s Lainie Duro, a witness to the arrest, said in the statement. [...]

  10. Thomas P. ShultzDecember 22nd, 2012

    I guess my children all belong in jail for the horrible crime of using sidewalk chalk over many years. These idiots had the audacity to do that in front of many children and even to tear off his hair and beard. If there’s any justice, none of those pigs have children of their own – explain that one to them.

  11. Thank Gawd they got that damn guy before he spread any more messages of peace and other dangerous shit like that!!

  12. I don’t understand their reason for arresting them. it was off campus of the capital?? Sad to see children there to see the arrest.. sad..

  13. Little Bright FeatherDecember 22nd, 2012

    You got to be kidding me ! Cops have nothing better to do with all the crime there is, but to arrest Santa over chalk – then something is very wrong with the cops – but of course we already know they are all mental cases. The crowd needed to attack the idiot cops ! Those badges do not make them God like they think they do!! Good thing kids no longer have a childhood – heaven forbid they play hop-scotch on the sidewalk as we always did !
    This is really making cops look more stupid and insane then we already know they are !

  14. [...] Occupy Austin | Occupy Wall Street » Blog Archive » #OccupyAustin … Posted in Occupy Wall Street | Tags: arrest, austin, chalking, chalking-wishes, chris, claus, rally, santa, santa-claus, santa-solidarity, travis, troopers-arrest /* [...]

  15. LOL! Arresting Santa in front of the children?? This could be a (another) national embarrassment for Gov Rick Perry if it goes viral. I can’t wait.

  16. [...] “Today I saw the jolly red elf at the Capitol, cheerfully requesting that children write their wishes for a better world in chalk on the sidewalk. Santa said his favorite word was ‘Community.’ Various children wrote words like ‘Peace,’ ‘Friendship,’ and ‘Grace,’” Occupy Austin’s Lainie Duro, a witness to the arrest, said in the statement. [...]

  17. In-ELF’ING-credible!

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