Ten armed police and City and County Parks and Maintenance crews under the direction of Wes Chun conducted a seizure raid on Occupy Honolulu this morning at 3am. Police rousted sleepers and seized tents and personal belongings.
Police raid Occupy Honolulu not because it is a homeless camp (because it's not one), or because it violates "Bill 54" (because it doesn't). Police raid Occupy Honolulu because of its political message, that the economic and political systems do not serve the people. The raids expose the police and City as hired thugs of the rich. The protection of law does not extend to the poor or those that advocate for a fair economic and political system.
Police seized literature and art from the encampment along with tents and personal possessions while Madori Rumpungworn recited the Kanawai Mamalahoe, the Law of the Splintered Paddle, which is incorporated into the State Constitution and guarantees that all who lie by the roadside be undisturbed.
The encampment is in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street and the Occupy Movement, and continues inspite of this attempt -- the 11th raid in the 130 continuous days of encampment.
H. Doug Matsuoka
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[Update 3/15/2012: Mahalo to D'Angelo McIntyre for this 5.5 minute clip from another POV]:
Video edited from 3 POV showing police and City crews seizing part of Occupy Honolulu's mobile encampment from private property during 2/15/2012 raid: