Tired of paying rent? Stressed about making mortgage payments (and paying property taxes)? Occupy Seattle has the solution…
Occupy Seattle employs new squatting tactic
KIRO FM: Occupy Wall Street demonstrators in Seattle, Portland and Oakland have taken up a new tactic in their protests against wealth inequality: Squatting in vacant properties.
In Seattle, protesters have taken over a formerly boarded up duplex across the street from Garfield High School. They have painted the bare wood sidings with green, black and red paint, and they have strung up a banner that says “Occupy Everything – No Banks No Landlords.”
The red and black anarchist flag also decorates the front. “Too many homeless. Too many unoccupied buildings. That doesn’t make sense,” is the official stance of the duplex occupiers, said Ariel, a demonstrator who declined to give her full name. Another protester named Cameron says it keeps people off the streets. “There are people out on the streets, and there are buildings empty, and it makes no sense. Personally, I find it disgusting.”
Squatting marks a move away from the public demonstrations that have marked protests in cities around the country. “Who knows, maybe squatting will be the next pressure point,” said 42-year-old Arlo Stone, who has squatted in Portland and Seattle.
In Seattle, the duplex occupants declined to allow press inside, saying they want to remain “under the radar,” even after the official Occupy Seattle website posted about their actions. There are between eight and 15 people staying at the house on any given day, Ariel said. She said volunteers are fixing electric wiring and installing insulation among other work. The group took over the building more than 10 days ago.
The duplex these Occupy Seattle protesters have taken over was owned by a couple who held several properties in the region, including a multimillion waterfront home on Mercer Island that has also been foreclosed. One of them died in 2009. It wasn’t immediately clear if the owner had a listed phone number.
Ariel said the main reason they chose this house was because it was vacant for several years. Seattle police are aware of the people squatting, but haven’t received any phone calls about it, spokesman Mark Jamieson said.
I find it disgusting that these people believe they have the right to occupy PRIVATE property owned by another individual. Property owners pay the mortgage and property tax on their OWN property for their own reasons, and I doubt it is so strangers can illegally invade the property.
You want to help get people off the street? Get a job and donate money to your local charities. Go volunteer at a local homeless shelter. Or work to set up your own charitable organization that can productively address the homeless issue.
Time for these leaches to be rounded up and removed.