Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Liberty City tenants protest against evictions;
2 arrested

Activists from Take Back the Land staged a protest today as a family was being evicted from an apartment building in Liberty City neighborhood of Miami.

Although the tenants said they had been paying the rent to a previous landlord, the new owner, a subsidiary of the bank which had foreclosed on the property, filed eviction notices on them for non-payment. The protestors identified three demands: 1) Stop the evictions; 2) Allow residents to remain; and 3) Elevate housing to the level of a human right through public policy changes.

Two people were arrested as the evictions were carried out. Max Rameau was charged with disobeying a lawful order and Ashaundra Young was charged with starting a riot when they refused to move so that the Miami-Dade County Sheriff could execute the eviction.


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