JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – An inexpensive housing rally downtown was disrupted on Sunday when metropolis staff took props from the rally and threw them away.
Throughout the rally, activists arrange dressers, mattresses and different furnishings to resemble folks getting evicted and thrown out onto the streets.
News4JAX requested the town why staff took the props and Chief Administrative Officer Brian Hughes stated it was as a result of residents can’t block the entrances of public buildings.
Because the rally was underway metropolis staff pulled up in vans and began eradicating the furnishings from in entrance of Metropolis Corridor.
State consultant Angie Nixon stated officers gave the activists permission to be in entrance of Metropolis Corridor so she stated she was stunned it occurred.
“To name metropolis staff in and pay them over time as a substitute of creating certain that our parks are clear are drainage issues are fastened the flooding points are stopped they determined to do that as a result of they wish to proceed attacking our constitutional rights,” Nixon stated.
Organizers stated the rally was held as a result of Florida is now the costliest state to reside in within the US.
Might 1 can also be the day of the employee so activists needed to honor the employees and produce consciousness to the shortage of inexpensive housing.
Activists thought it was ironic that metropolis staff got here to kind of evict them from their very own rally.
“That couldn’t have been extra symbolic than them mainly staging an eviction at our rally for inexpensive housing so I feel they did us a favor portray the purpose we’re attempting to make,” Shayne Tremblay stated.
It’s price noting that the rally remained peaceable at the same time as metropolis staff got here and eliminated the furnishings. The activists stated they really helped them out by eradicating their props for them.
The Metropolis of Jacksonville launched the assertion beneath relating to the incident.
“They had been illegally blocking a authorities constructing,” the town stated. “It was a fireplace hazard with a whole blockage of the doorway and exit to Metropolis Corridor. We requested them twice to please transfer the furnishings as a result of it was in violation of fireplace code and it is also thought of unlawful dumping. They refused to maneuver it. As a result of that is violating an ordinance, we had metropolis crews to come back retrieve it. Now we have no concern with protests being held at Metropolis Corridor, and other people have each proper to march back-and-forth in entrance of the constructing, maintain indicators and many others. However we can’t enable the blockage of the doorway and exit doorways. We want they’d have complied with our requests to only merely transfer the furnishings and keep on with their occasions, however sadly they refused.”
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