Activist jailed on trespassing charge

Posted: Tuesday, April 08, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A political activist and candidate for the Chugach Electric Association Board was arrested in Anchorage over the weekend for distributing election fliers outside the city-owned Sullivan Arena during a sports show.

Uwe Kalenka says he was exercising his First Amendment rights. City officials say he was on privately leased property and refused to leave.

Kalenka and a colleague, attorney Karen Bretz, went to the Sullivan about noon on Sunday to distribute fliers for Kalenka's candidacy. There was a crowd at the arena for the Great Alaska Sportsman Show.

Kalenka said he figured some in the crowd were Chugach customers.

Police said Kalenka and Bretz were arrested after security guards asked them to leave or move to a public sidewalk and they refused.

The pair were charged with trespass. Bretz was released on her own recognizance. Kalenka was taken to Anchorage Jail and released later that day on $500 bail.

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