Liberty City tenants protest against evictions;
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.