What do you do when banks that took billions in taxpayer dollars foreclose on those very same taxpayers? Why, you foreclose on the banks, of course! Occupy Miami decides to move into Wells Fargo and another set of occupiers get comfy in a Bank of America. Check it out and get inspired.
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- Bank of America
- Big banks
- Economic Crisis
- Government Center
- Housing Crisis
- Occupy Wall Street
- Stephen P. Clark Government Center
- Student Loan Fraud
- Wells Fargo
- assault rifles
- peaceful movement
- wealth inequality
The Tuesday raid was the second on Occupy Miami in the past six weeks. On January 31, Miami-Dade cops evicted protesters from Government Center. This time it was City of Miami police officers that arrived in SWAT vans and emerged with their assault rifles drawn.
"They were pointing guns at children!" says Ramy Mahmoud, one of three Occupy Miami members taken in for questioning and then released without charges.
Mahmoud and other Occupy Miami members were preparing to travel downtown to protest the birthday of Chase Bank CEO Jaime Dimon when at least half a dozen police vehicles screeched to a halt in front of the building on NW Seventh Street.
A cop in a dress shirt and bullet-proof vest jumped out of an unmarked car, aimed his gun at them, and shouted, "Everyone on the ground," according to Occupy Miami members.
"I thought it was either a joke or he was robbing us," says an occupier who gave his name only as Cobra. "Then an ice-cream truck full of SWAT officers pulled up."
"They said that they had gotten a tip that we had "long guns" and were going to use them at our protest," Occupy member Thomas Parisi told Miami New Times. "But we are a peaceful movement and told them that we had no intention of doing anything like that."
Occupy Miami has been notified by county officials that anyone remaining in the encampment on the lawn of the Stephen P. Clark Government Center after sun set Tuesday would face arrest.
Many packed up their tents and left earlier in the day, but more people arrived come sun set to join the remaining occupiers.
In a statement, county leaders said the permit’s latest weekly renewal was denied because unsanitary conditions and safety issues.
“The Victorian Sunshine Corporation’s permit to use the West Lawn at the Stephen P. Clark Center was denied based on the unsanitary site conditions and unsafe activities, which have resulted in a number of arrests by the Miami-Dade Police Department,” said the statement from Miami-Dade spokeswoman Suzy Trutie.
Occupy Miami issued their own statement as well:
Occupy Miami issued its own statement, saying the eviction would not put an end to its efforts to shed light on issues such as wealth inequality and student loan fraud.
“Tuesday’s eviction does not signal its demise, but rather the tangible shift to an exciting, new phase in a movement continually growing stronger, larger, and more powerful. Occupy Miami could never be encompassed by a camp, since its efforts are as diverse and flexible as the occupants of Miami itself. While the County may try to evict the camp, they can never evict the idea.”