As Obama Meets With President of Peru, Mother-Daughter Pair Chain Themselves in Protest Outside WH

By Dschabner

Jun 1, 2010 8:49pm

From Sunlen Miller:

As President Obama met with President Alan Garcia of Peru in the Oval Office this evening, a woman and her daughter protested outside the North West gate of the White House.

The 20-year-old daughter chained herself to the White House fence and her mother poured an oily substance on her as a protest against the president of Peru’s visit.

The Secret Service says that it was a non-toxic oil, as hazmat crews and Secret Service responded to the situation. 

The mother and daughter have now both been removed and charged. The mother was charged with defacing government property, the daughter with disorderly conduct.

Inside, Obama met privately with the Peruvian president and called his Peru a “success story.”

“Peru I think has been an extraordinary success story over the last several years,” Obama said. “We’ve seen not only the solidification of a thriving democracy but also an extraordinary economic success story. Even over the last year in the midst of a very tough global recession, we saw that Peru was able to remain resilient.”

The two leaders discussed a range of issues, the president said, including “continuing to pursue the details” of a free trade agreement, security issues, climate change and a broader international vision of promoting democracy, human rights, press freedoms and economic development.

“Finally we discussed important geopolitical issues. One of the main concerns that President Garcia and I share is the issue of nuclear non-proliferation,” Obama said, adding that he appreciates the “strong stance” Garcia has taken on the issue.

Garcia — speaking in Spanish, which was translated for Obama — attributed Peru's success to the opening of the economy to free trade and the "waning effect of socialist capitalism."

– Sunlen Miller

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