Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Squatters in USA

looks like what you wrote about almost less than a week ago is coming to pass
Hi Sean,
That’ was fast. Pretty obvious and easy to predict though, since Occupy basically means Okupa which is Spanish for Squatting.
Thanks for the link!

Occupy’s New Tactic on the West

Coast: Squatting

November 29, 2011 9:12 PM
File photo of a cop walking through a west coast Occupy encampment. (Credit: KIMIHIRO HOSHINO/AFP/Getty Images)
File photo of a cop walking through a west coast Occupy encampment. (Credit: KIMIHIRO HOSHINO/AFP/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, Wash. (CBS Seattle/AP) — Occupy Wall Street demonstrators in Seattle, Portland and Oakland have taken up a new tactic in their protests against wealth inequality: squatting in vacant properties.
Last week, CBS Seattle reported on an offshoot of Occupy Seattle that took to squatting in a foreclosed area property.
Seattle protesters took over a formerly boarded up duplex across the street from Garfield High School. They have painted the bare wood sidings with green, black and red paint, and they have strung up a banner that says “Occupy Everything – No Banks No Landlords.”
The red and black anarchist flag also decorates the front.
“Too many homeless. Too many unoccupied buildings. That doesn’t make sense,” is the official stance of the duplex occupiers, said Ariel, a demonstrator who declined to give her full name.
Squatting marks a move away from the public demonstrations that have marked protests in cities around the country. The move is an attempt to re-energize the protests in Oakland and Portland— two cities that have seen violent clashes with police.
“Who knows, maybe squatting will be the next pressure point,” said 42-year-old Arlo Stone, who has squatted in Portland and Seattle.
After its eviction, the Occupy Portland encampment scattered. Organizers have called for members of the movement to occupy foreclosed properties on behalf of the former owners who lost the houses.
Occupy Portland organizer Andrea Townsend, 28, said providing a safe, warm place for former members of the Occupy Portland movement should be a focus for the city, and said squatting is a way to keep attention on the issue of homelessness.
“You’re building a self-sustaining community that’s toward what this movement’s about,” said Townsend, a self-described anarchist. (read the rest)
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Anonymous said...

here's another one from the USA:

Anonymous said...

Walk through their encampment and grab their laptops, food, clothes, and phones out of their hands and see how they start yelling about "personal" property as opposed to "private" property.