[Miami, FL] Claiming that they had received a tip that Occupy Miami protestors were going to be bringing “long guns” to an upcoming protest, Miami Police raided the group’s apartment building where a majority of them have been staying as of late. They even brought along an armored Hummer.
The police ordered all of the building’s occupants into the courtyard and searched both people and property, according to eyewitness accounts.
“They said that they had gotten a tip that we had ‘long guns’ and were going to use them at our protest,” Thomas Parisi, a member of Occupy Miami, told Miami New Times. “But we are a peaceful movement and told them that we had no intention of doing anything like that.”
Here are some of the eyewitness encounters from various members of Occupy Miami:
“They had military assault rifles and tactical shotguns. Fully lethal.” (via Occupy Miami’s Facebook page)
“They were asking me questions like, ‘Are you a Muslim?’ and ‘Do you love this country? … I said hell no I don’t love this country and it’s because of shit like this … They are calling us terrorists but what I saw today was demons pointing guns at us. They terrified us.” (Ramy Mahmoud, via Miami New Times)
More video from the Occupy Miami protestors via YouTube
From the YouTube video posting (above):
“As we were leaving to do a march and rally multiple trucks and cars filled with SWAT looking officers with military armament came and drew their weapons on us and proceeded to round up all Occupiers and tenants and put them on the ground along with searching us and most rooms in the building.”
“They had assault rifles and tactical shotguns. They were accompanied by FBI Agents and City of Miami police. These people were extremely violent and looked anxious to use their weapons so this first video was taken under my leg. This whole situation is very strange. Police state is nearly upon us.”
And this from Chris Mazorra of Occupy Miami (via OccupiedStories.com):
“Vans, trucks, cars, and even an armored Hummer were surrounding us and we all had this variety of guns aimed at us, being ordered to get on the ground … we were in front of a residential apartment building with children inside and a couple of them were actually sitting outside in the lot watching this happen …
Requests not to be stepped on were met with ‘Shut the fuck up!’ Our questions regarding their reasons for all this were met with ‘Shut the fuck up!’ Guess what our requests for a warrant for the searches they began were met with …
Everybody in front of the building who was heading to the rally was lying flat on the floor with our faces to the ground and were being searched by MPD while the agents and heavily armed officers dispersed around the building and rounded up everyone inside and searched all unlocked rooms.”
By: Mark Christopher/Sunshine Slate