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Police and JTTF raid anarchist house in Brooklyn
Authored by: generaluser on Thursday, April 15 2010 @ 05:13 PM CDT

I talked to someone who lives at this place, probably one of the few sane people that live there and from that conversation I have gathered that this article is full of total wingnuttery and Alex Jones type false information.

The person I talked to was there when it happened (And was with someone else when they were telling this story who was also there) and I was told that there wasn't any "raid". The door was open and police just walked in. Normal police, not JTTF. I've yet to hear a single confirming report that JTTF was involved at all. Two people were arrested on warrants they had, which were both stupid, one of which I know to be a warrant for having an open container in public. This is also not an "anarchist house". Anyone who lives in New York will tell you that. Its residents are mostly junkies and other losers and there are a maximum of two people who live in this building that are not total wingnut druggie morons. If I were to make a guess given the current information, I'd guess that the police going there had more to do with it being a house of sketchy idiots that have heroin dealers going in and out of there regularly than it had to do with any political activity going on there. It could also be related to that fact that a girl died in the bathroom from a heroin overdose recently at a party there (Yes, really). This is not an "anarchist" residence, it's a scumfuck residence with a couple people who can't afford to live elsewhere who are unfortunately caught in the middle of it.

I also heard that the "1 am collective" doesn't exist, but I'm not quite sure about that. There have definitely been meetings at this location for the nyc anarchist bookfair, but I'm sure anyone reading this is wondering the same thing I am, why the hell would the police want to raid a space over a bookfair? And I think that skepticism is well founded. There had been ZERO police harrassment of nyc anarchist bookfairs for the past 4 years. I dunno why they'd start to care about it now, let alone care about a film festival associated with it.

Someone prove me wrong and give more information proving that anything I said isn't true!

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Police and JTTF raid anarchist house in Brooklyn
Authored by: butternut on Thursday, April 15 2010 @ 06:19 PM CDT

Not being in NYC I can't really speak to these claims, which seem troubling if true.  But to respond generally, other bookfairs have been raided recently (I forget where but there have been articles posted here).  Additionally, even with all the things going on there which you mentioned, the police shouldn't be allowed into the space, and if they do enter, should be fought off, if only legally.  Remember, we're anarchists--and we should be fighting the police and prisons and supporting their victims no matter what the circumstances are.

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Authored by: Admin on Thursday, April 15 2010 @ 07:12 PM CDT

It turns out that this was an assault on free speech, but in an indirect way. The two guys were arrested on unrelated old warrants and had their charges dismissed. The cops were asking questions about the film fest flyers, so this was an infringement of free speech by the authorities.

More: http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/04/15/film-fest-is-on-police-radar-anarchists-say/


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