SOUTH CENTRAL, June 13, 2006 - A three year struggle of the South Central Farmers to save their farm came to a climax today. Early this morning a combined force of sheriffs, LAPD, fire department and bulldozers raided the farm. The farmers held their ground and were able to resist forced extractions for over seven hours. A total of 45 arrests have been reported. There are also reports of injuries, witnesses reported seeing two people taken away in stretchers and an ambulance was called to the scene. There is also a report that some of those arrested were placed in body bags.
Bulldozers cut a 30 foot wide gash through farmerís plots to get to the tree where tree sitters were holding out. Once at the tree sheriffs discovered the commitment and determination of the farmers and their supporters. Over 30 people were in full lock down surrounding the tree. Chained together in lockboxes bolted to steel drums filled with concrete farmers where able to delay extraction for hours.
On hearing the news, hundreds of supporters poured into the area, but were prevented from getting on to the farm by a small army of LAPD in full riot gear. Unable to break through the perimeter protesters sat down in the street blocking traffic on a major avenue for hours until police cleared the street. Many farmers openly wept on seeing their plots destroyed. At this time (7:45 pm Tuesday) there is news that bulldozers are still at the farm plowing under the farmerís plots. Farmers and their supporters vow not to give up and will fight on regardless of the events here today. Statement from the elected representative of the farmers
Photos: Photos inside farm during raid | | Protest outside farm 1 & Outside farm 2 | |
Outside farm 3
| | Bulldozing the Farm | | Blocking Cherry Picker | | Farmers Vigil After Raid | | Before & After Photo
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Audio: Witness of Raid on Farm
UPDATE: From now on, the farmers will be camping out on the sidewalk, by the farm, at Long Beach Ave and 41st street . The farmers are inviting the community to come to the candlelight vigil there, every evening starting at 7 p.m.