A motley crew of 35-40 pissed-off Portlanders disrupted the auction of foreclosed homes by bank-fraudsters yesterday morning at the Multnomah County Courthouse before being removed by Sheriff’s deputies from the lobby of the courthouse, some violently. Attendees shouted slogans and made “bids” on properties (e.g., “I bid that you keep people in their homes”).
The law-unenforcers outrageously claimed that the courthouse lobby and steps were not “public space”, and that they therefore were entitled to grab and shove members of the group away from the building. One deputy said, “I’m the judge” of what’s public space.
The banking industry has been obstructing attempts by activists to require pre-foreclosure mediation between themselves and homeowners because such mediation has been shown to keep people in their homes rather than out on the streets, where “unnecessary” people should apparently be.
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