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article imageSwat teams storm legal residence of Occupy Miami protesters

By Anne Sewell     Mar 14, 2012 in World
Miami - Yesterday a swat team equipped with assault rifles and shotguns stormed into a building where Occupy Wall Street campaigners were lawfully residing.
Last month members of Occupy Miami group moved into an Overtown safehouse having been evicted from their previous encampment outside of the city's Government Center earlier this year.
RT reports that for the second time in 6 weeks, dozens of police in SWAT-team gear, brandishing weapons have swarmed the new Miami, Florida residence of the peaceful protesters and their children. The group was legally residing in the apartment building.
The apartment building is owned by a fellow protester, Rodrigo Duque, who now calls himself Señor Paz — or “Mister Peace”. Duque told the Miami New Times last month that he has opened the doors of his building to whose who were evicted from the outdoor demonstration and stated that “Basically, all peaceful people are welcome."
The police were allegedly acting on reports that the residents inside were "stockpiling weapons to use in an upcoming demonstration"
Occupy member Thomas Parisi told the Miami New Times: “They said that they had gotten a tip that we had 'long guns' and were going to use them at our protest. But we are a peaceful movement and told them that we had no intention of doing anything like that."
Dozens of occupiers were residing in the building when on Tuesday members of local law enforcement broke into the building with guns brandished without any prior warning.
Other Occupy Miami members apparently say at least 6 cop cars stopped outside of their building on Tuesday before one officer took out a gun and aimed it at an occupier.
"I thought it was either a joke or he was robbing us," one protester tells the paper. "Then an ice-cream truck full of SWAT officers pulled up."
Parisi believes that the raid came due to false reports of a terrorist threat and says the the police took unnecessary action during the week's events. He said that: "They forced a 57-year-old diabetic woman onto the ground. And they pointed their guns at my wife.”
"They were pointing guns at children!" Ramy Mahmoud, a member of Occupy Miami, told the paper.
When the police questioned Mahmoud they peppered him with inquiries such as “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,” Mahmoud told the paper. "They are calling us terrorists, but what I saw today was demons pointing guns at us," he adds. "They terrified us."
Although several people were handcuffed and taken in for questioning by the police, no arrests were made.
In the featured video one protester says "We had signs, they had guns".
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