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Occupy Tucson: DeAnza eviction was illegal

Guest opinion: Under Chief Villaseñor's direction, the Tucson Police Department abused both power and force March 1. They feebly attempted to cloak their actions under color of law with a vague, rarely-used City ordinance to do so.... Read more»

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Mar 5, 2012, 5:36 pm
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I’m probably starting to sound almost as repetitive as the occupy idiots do, but this isn’t a free speech issue. Squatting is not free speech, especially when your message, whatever the hell that is, is actually understood by so few.

Most people, myself included, see the flea party as nothing but a bunch of bums who are trying to extend their now-expired 15 minutes of fame. I say the arrests were not only legal and warranted, but LONG overdue.

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Mar 5, 2012, 7:21 pm
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I saw all of the news coverage regarding this arrest.  What a group of animals.  If I had the hotel across the street I would be really pissed that it took this long.  I think the cops did all they could to let these people leave honorably.  It turned into a freakin homeless camp.  Nothing but nuts.  The folks there should either check in to a rehab center or report to a mental health center.  No violence?  I guess the authors did not see the evening news.  I hope we don’t let them do this again, and if somebody wants them, let them give up their yard for the purpose, not our parks.

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Mar 5, 2012, 11:26 pm
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@DUIEXPERTThese animals you describe are human beings.  There were homeless people among them who found hope and strength in numbers gathered as free people.  If there were adequate rehabilitation or mental health care available I might accept your argument as anything other than intolerant ranting of someone who should look within to find his conscience.  This might be uncomfortable, but THIS IS WHAT HUMANITY LOOKS LIKE!
It may be a shame, but it is the truth.  Many would prefer that the police continue to bully and hide this truth into corners and washes and tunnels.  Occupy Tucson calls for all voices to be heard and I laud their efforts.  To criminalize Occupy Tucson is as offensive as the decades long effort to criminalize homelessness, mental illness and addiction has been.  We have had enough.  We will not be silent.  Join us!

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Mar 6, 2012, 12:18 pm
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It must make you proud to call fellow humans “animals.” Literally we are all animals, but somehow, I think you meant this as an insult to those who are less fortunate than you. Let’s hope that if you ever fall on hard times that you get treated better than you would treat others in that same position today.

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Tex Shelters

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Occupy Tucson protesters were evicted from DeAnza Park last Thursday morning. 21 were arrested by Tucson police.

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