Wednesday, December 14, 2011

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Yesterday, members of an Inglewood (Los Angeles) youth group showed up at an abandoned library in south LA to haul away trash left there by squatters and perform a general clean-up.

The Los Angeles Police soon showed up, mistook the civic-minded activity for an #Occupy event, and threatened to arrest them.

"Commander Green LAPD is giving young people at abandonded library 30 minutes to leave or be arrested with 5k bail," cleanup participant Meagan Ortiz tweeted.

She might have added that even if this action had been a poltical demonstation, the police have no right to interfere with citizens exercising their first amendment privileges in a peaceful manner, and that doing so would be an act of repression and an attempt to intimidate citizens from exercising their citizenship.

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