Friday, August 23, 2013
(de) Occupy Honolulu plaintiffs ask that City be held in contempt for violating court order
by Larry Geller
Attorneys for (de) Occupy Honolulu filed a motion in federal court today asking that defendants City and County of Honolulu et. al. be held in contempt and that they be sanctioned for violating the court’s June 6, 2013 preliminary injunction order. The motion asks that the injunction be enforced against the City. Technically, it is a “motion to show cause.”
Plaintiffs cited three raids conducted by the City on the (de) Occupy encampment: July 25, 2013, at approximately 10:40 pm, July 31, 2013, at approximately 4:15 am, on August 2, 2013, at 4:24 am, and again on August 22, 2013. The motion states that:
City officials, without a warrant, seized a wide variety of property both inside and outside of tents without giving the owners an opportunity to remove the property from the area.
The raids were conducted under Honolulu’s latest ordinance, Bill 7, which does not require tagging or notice before property is seized.
The plaintiffs requested a hearing be held on the motion in October.
These Bill 7 raids are somewhat reminiscent of the raids on the poor, Gypsies (Roma), and disabled that the Nazis conducted before their organized persecution of the Jews. That's why I call Bill 7 "Swastika-ready." In an interesting inversion of the Nazi practice, the City rounds up the clothing, tents of the homeless and take them to a concentration camp never to be seen again. The people are left on the street in the most dire of circumstances.
Speaking of inverted, the City's "Office of Housing" actually de-houses people. It's executive director, Jun Yang was at the July 25, raid on deOccupy. I tried schoolin' him, but alas when it's your job to be ignorant the truth is a liability.
On the sidewalk with Jun Yang: