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Occupy protesters targeting foreclosed homes

Occupy protesters across the US are reclaiming foreclosed homes and boarded-up properties, signaling a tactical shift for the movement against wealth inequality. On Tuesday, groups in more than 25 cities held protests on behalf of homeowners facing evictions.

“It’s pretty clear that the fight is against the banks, and the Occupy movement is about occupying spaces,” Jeff Ordower, one of the organizers of Occupy Homes, said. “So occupying a space that should belong to homeowners but belongs to the banks seems like the logical next step for the Occupy movement.”

The events reflect the protesters’ lingering frustration over the housing crisis that has sent millions of homes into foreclosure after the burst of the housing bubble that helped cripple the country’s economy.

Protesters say banks and financial firms own abandoned foreclosed houses that could be housing people.

In an announcement, protesters in Seattle said they planned to make the warehouse into a community center, and hosted a party the night they opened the building. Police moved in soon after, arresting 16 people in the process of clearing it out.

[Aljazeera]

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