"The acts of civil disobedience and direct action that I am being sentenced for today are in line with the principles of community and equality that have guided my life. (…)
Could I have achieved the same goals through legal means? I have tried everything from voting petitions to peaceful protest and have found that those in power do not want the truth to be exposed. When we speak truth to power we are ignored at best and brutally suppressed at worst. We are confronting a power structure that does not respect its own system of checks and balances, never mind the rights of it’s own citizens or the international community.”
Read the full statement here.