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Condemning Racism and Violence

CONTACT: Harold Thomas – [email protected]

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The LPO condemns systemic racism and violence against people of color. The murder of George Floyd under color of law demonstrates the pervasive nature of unjust treatment by authorities charged with preserving justice and peace. The treatment of protestors both at the Statehouse, in other major cites in Ohio, and in the media likewise demonstrates a lack of understanding of the frustration and powerlessness felt by minority communities.

Chemical agents were used against peaceful protesters including Congresswoman Joyce Beatty and Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin. Police warning announcements on Saturday said all persons must clear the area “regardless of your purpose.” The LPO believes your 1st Amendment rights to free speech and peaceful assembly cannot be usurped by local police. This flagrant disregard for civil liberties cannot go unchecked.

It is the mission of the Libertarian Party to challenge the cult of the omnipotent State. As Libertarians we seek a world of liberty: a world in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives and are not forced to sacrifice their values for the benefit of others. We defend each person’s right to engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest, and we welcome the diversity that freedom brings.

The Libertarian Party of Ohio strives to achieve personal and economic freedom for all Ohioans. Learn more about the LPO at https://lpo.org/about and Donate to support operations in Ohio at https://lpo.org/donate.

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