On Tuesday, demonstrators from Occupy New Orleans and Survivors Village — “a community group of former St. Bernard public housing residents and their allies” — disrupted a foreclosure auction taking place in New Orleans.
The demonstrators used a mic check to denounce the auction taking place, calling it immoral. “The sale of blighted property is the city’s attempt to remove poor homeowners who have already suffered tremendously from economic and natural disaster. Blight has become an excuse to gentrify,” they said. “Charging poor homeowners outrageous fees in order to steal their homes is an underhanded way to keep people displaced.” Watch the demonstrators disrupt the auction:
Bridging The Gulf explains what happened after the disruption began: “The sale was scheduled to begin at noon. At approximately 1:45 pm, after several potential buyers had already left, the police arrived and threatened the nonviolent protestors with arrest. Before declaring that the remainder of their protest would be silent, the protestors announced their intention to physically defend any properties sold: ‘We will be in court. We will be in the streets. We will be in the houses–defending them, boarding them up, and occupying them.’”