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Jill Stein Arrested: Green Party Nominee Faces Charges After Bank Protest

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FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2011 file photo, Jill Stein of Lexington, Mass. speaks during a news conference outside the Statehouse in Boston. Stein, a Massachusetts doctor who ran against Mitt Romney for governor a decade ago is poised to challenge him again _ this time for president as the Green Party's candidate. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2011 file photo, Jill Stein of Lexington, Mass. speaks during a news conference outside the Statehouse in Boston. Stein, a Massachusetts doctor who ran against Mitt Romney for governor a decade ago is poised to challenge him again _ this time for president as the Green Party's candidate. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

PHILADELPHIA -- 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.

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