Monday, June 19, 2006

So much for private property rights...

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Sheriff's deputies evicted people from an urban community garden to make room for a warehouse Tuesday, touching off a furious protest in which actress Daryl Hannah and others climbed into a walnut tree or chained themselves to concrete-filled barrels. At least 39 people were arrested.

Authorities cut away branches and used a fire truck lift to bring down the "Splash" actress and another tree-sitter, who raised their fists as they were removed. It was not immediately clear whether Hannah was under arrest.

"I'm very confident this is the morally right thing to do, to take a principled stand in solidarity with the farmers," Hannah said by cell phone before a fire truck raised officers into the tree. (Watch Daryl Hannah explain why she's up a tree -- 7:26)

About 350 people grow produce and flowers on the 14 acres of privately owned land, in an inner-city area surrounded by warehouses and railroad tracks. The garden has been there for more than a decade, but the landowner, Ralph Horowitz, now wants to replace it with a warehouse.

Ralph Horowitz pays $5 mil for this property, and is then told he can't do anything with it because a bunch of sorry ass freeloaders are "squatting"? What a total crock of shit. What it doesn't mention is that the group called Mr. Horowitz shortly after he bought the property and asked for 30 days to reap their crops and leave. He agreed, not knowing what they were really doing was lawyer shopping. These yahoos have lived on this land free of charge for almost 15 years and are now demanding that they be allowed to continue to live there for free. After 15 years of what amounts to the proverbial free lunch, you don't bitch and moan, you say "thank you". Communist fucking douchebags.