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(en) US, NYC, Seven Arrested At Casa Del Sol Solidarity Rally

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>(ben_k-A-riseup.net)
Date Tue, 14 Dec 2004 12:51:19 +0100 (CET)

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At today's rally at Casa Del Sol, there were between 60 to 80 residents,
supporters and community members present when things turned dark a little
while after a successful re-entry and banner drop occurred. The banner
read, "ACORN Tell the Truth About the Fire".
Cops were present in force and after one person protested the harsh
treatment-ordering people around and violently arresting the person
suspected of dropping the banner, the police violently attacked and
arrested the peaceful yet vocal supporter of the residents. At that point,
a scuffle ensued and four or five others from the crowd were beaten and
arrested without just cause.

It was an incredible sight to see so many good people hold there ground in
the face of such a harsh police presence. It seems that evicting, burning
and illegally bulldozing the beautiful Green Thumbs garden at Casa Del Sol
was not enough for ACORN and the NYPD because today they added assault to
there list of crimes in this matter.

The most heartening thing I saw today was the genuine support of the
people who live in the community for the evicted residents. As I walked
down Cypress Avenue pointing out the building to a friend, a man who
worked at a bodega corrected me in saying that the building "used to be
Casa Del Sol". I asked what he thought of what had happened and he told me
that what they were doing to the squatters was wrong. He said that, "they
[the residents] weren't doing anything wrong. They only wanted a home and
now that home has burned down. The people who lived there were good
people." Later in the evening one could see and hear people vocally
supporting the residents and decrying the police violence from the windows
of the project building overlooking Casa and on the street below.

Myself, as a person of color, was unsure of what the relations between the
mostly though not wholly white “anarchisty” Casa residents and the
community around them may have been like, however, if what I saw today was
true, it seems that an actual affinity had grown between many of the
community members and the squatters. This is less of a surprise when one
takes into account that many of our worst oppressors are the same.

Today was inspiring as well as sad and it leaves me with a real deep
desire to continue to support the evicted residents with the hope that
they might see justice and re-entry soon. The only things now that are for
certain are that there are some very good people who need jail support
tonight and that this fight for peoples basic right to freedom and housing
isn’t over!

>From the NYC Indymedia newswire:

A good sized crowd showed up in the South Bronx today to protest the
eviction and subsequent arson of Casa del Sol, a long time comunity
center, and more recently a home to a number of squatters. A spirited
march led by the Rude Mechanical Orchestra (who are great!) made its way
from the United We Stand Community Garden down to Casa del Sol. It was Sad
to see Casa all boarded up and devoid of any life. The last time I was
there it was full of people, music, and energy, with so many plans for
afterschool programs, punk rock benefit shows, and silkscreening projects.

The police presence was minimal as the crowd gathered around the evicted
building. All of a sudden a banner reading "Acorn: tell the truth about
the fire!" was dropped from the roof. The police were eventually let in to
the building by an inept security guard to take down the banner and arrest
the people inside.

At this point the march began to circle the block around the building.
More cops showed up and as we made our way around the block the cops began
shoving us into the street away from the building. All of a sudden the
cops lunged into the march, grabbing one of the more vocal demonstrators,
and a melee broke out as the demonstrators stood their ground and defended
themselves from the police onslaught.

I saw my friends get thrown to the ground and beat. I got my ribs cracked
by a baton wielding cop as we defended ourselves and each other. Although
it was heartbreaking to see my friends bloodied and assaulted by the cops,
it was also inspiring to see people refuse to back down. Instead of
running when the attack occured people held strong and took care of one
another, and we should be proud of that.

All in all seven people got arrested and are being held up in the Bronx. I
don't know for sure but it looked like a couple people got hurt pretty
bad. I am sure legal updates will be posted as soon as more information is

Viva Casa del Sol!
Fuck the NYPD and ACORN


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