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Anti I-69 Tree-Sit Evicted

dirty pigs
Starting at approximately 5:30 AM this morning, pigs and associated pig-fuckers removed the occupants and structures of the Poison Ivy Autonomous Zone, a tree-sit and ground occupation directly in the route of I69, the monstrous NAFTA Superhighway.
Starting at approximately 5:30 AM this morning, pigs and associated pig-fuckers removed the occupants and structures of the Poison Ivy Autonomous Zone, a tree-sit and ground occupation directly in the route of I69, the monstrous NAFTA Superhighway.

For those who have been following the progress of the direct action campaign against I69, this is a sad moment. What started as a largely symbolic gesture had grown into a full-blown Free State, marking its one-month milestone in the wee hours of Monday morning. Indeed, Camp B-Rad--as it was also known in honor of slain videographer, Brad Will--was the longest running tree-sit in Indiana in nearly a decade.

But this is definitely not the end. Many are sad, and if you care, I'm sure you will be, too. But don't let the bastards grind you down. Asked about the eviction's impact on the resistance's morale, one supporter said, "Spirits aren't high, but spirits aren't low. Spirits are PISSED." Rest assured that the rage engendered by this eviction will only fuel the flames.

No, it ain't over. As one supporter of tree-sit As one long-time supporter of the occupation said, "Oh well, it's just the first of many. Time to get to work."

If you hate this road, if you hate seeing cops pull people from trees and smear their faces in poison ivy as they arrest them, if you hate seeing "authorities" with power trips having a jolly time ripping people without any form of safety from trees, then call:

INDOT Central Office: 317-232-5319

and

Vincennes District Office: 812-895-7301

and

INDOT Legal Office: 317 234 2682

and

Steven Smith, I69 Project Manager: 317 232 5646

and

Gohmann Asphalt and Construction (contracted to do the clearing and construction of the first 1.77 miles of the route this summer): 812-282-1349
* fax numbers: 812-288-2168, 812-385-1207, 812-768-5251

For more information, visit:

stopi69.wordpress.com

The official press release from the I69 Media Office follows:

ANTI-I69 TREE SIT EVICTED, POLICE DANGEROUSLY PULL PROTESTERS FROM TREE TOPS

June 20th 7am, Evansville Indiana -- In the early morning hours of June 20th, around 25 police officers from the Indiana State Police (ISP), Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and the Gibson County Sheriff's office descended on the scene of the anti-I69 tree sit, just south of State Road 68 in southern Gibson County (20 miles north of Evansville). The police officers, many of them trained specifically for this purpose, brought in "cherry pickers" and other platform raising equipment in order to reach the sitters. The two people in the trees at the time of eviction were lowered to the ground, after being forcefully and dangerously approached by Conservation Officers of the IDNR.

Sitting on platforms suspended 40 feet above the ground, the tree-sitters were not in positions from which they could be easily and safely removed. Arresting officers' reckless behaviors, however, resulted in protesters' quick eviction. One protester was not attached to a safety line during the eviction, but was still hostilely handled by the Conservation Officers. As they reached her with the cherry picker, they pulled her unattached to anything that would have prevented her tumbling to the ground, putting her life in great danger.

After evicting the first sitter, officers moved on to the second. They raised the cherry picker below the platform to threaten the sitter, and then lifted the platform with the cherry picker. They proceeded to cut the support line that was holding it in the tree. This protester had locked himself onto the ropes using a "lock box" device intended to help him evade eviction. The officers cut that rope, leaving this protester also without any form of safety.

After the tree-sitters were forcibly removed from their tree top positions, they were lowered, cuffed and placed on the ground below the trees. From a telephone recording made during the eviction, it is clear that the arresting officers purposefully laid one of the protesters face down into a patch of poison ivy.

People not involved in the tree-sit eviction this morning have reported to the media office that state police officers are pulling people over on the state highways in the vicinity of the sit. One person reports that they were surrounded by 5 police vehicles when stopped. As well, it has been reported that one car had its tires blown out by the state police in order for them to arrest all of the occupants of that vehicle.

The information in this press release was compiled by the I-69 Media Office, an independent anti-I69 media clearinghouse. All questions should be directed to the media contact given in this release.

ALL ARE BEING HELD IN WARRICK COUNTY JAIL CALL 812 897 6096 TO DEMAND THEIR RELEASE

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now this sounds like terrorism tactics 20.Jun.2008 15:42

talk about

It sounds like the police are terrorizing

I wonder if the police doing all this is a Homeland Security Violation in its self

Sounds to me like terrorism ?

Local offices make good targets... 20.Jun.2008 16:28

myself

the HNTB Corporation, an architecture and engineering firm involved in planning section 6 of I-69 in Indiana, has offices all over the country. Including Portland:

Suite 900
600 NE 108 Ave.
Bellevue, WA 98004
425.455.3555

Folks are asking for solidarity actions across the country on Monday, June 23. Portlanders currently in Indiana would love to hear about some mad solidarity from back home.

just sayin...