H. Doug Matsuoka's notes in the margin of the Big Everything.


Madori Rumpungworn arrested in Raid 18 on (De)Occupy Honolulu

[Update of 10/22/2013: Madori was found guilty of Obstruction of Government Operations and sentenced to 30 days incarceration at Oahu Community Correctional Center. Supporters have started a petition calling for an end to the raids on deOccupy Honolulu and the houseless and for defenders of human rights like Madori to be freed. Click here for petition. Doug]

(De)Occupy Honolulu, Day 180 of continuous encampment at Thomas Square: (De)Occupy Honolulu protester Madori Rumpungworn was arrested during Honolulu Police Department's 18th* raid on the encampment -- the third raid in four days. Despite the escalation of attacks by police, (De)Occupy Honolulu remains one of the most enduring encampments in the worldwide Occupy Movement.

HPD and City crews under the direction of Westley Chun (Director of Facilities Maintenance and Engineering) and Trish Morikawa (Coordinator of Office of Housing) raided the encampment and tagged items and seized some chairs and property. No tents were seized because they had been rotated out to private property after being tagged yesterday making them ineligible for seizure under "Bill 54" (now ordinance 11-029). Previous raids this week were on April 30 when artwork was illegally seized, and on May 2 when items were seized and tagged.

For the third time, the HPD used the new tactic of taping the entire area off and forcing the protestors outside taped boundaries so police actions cannot be closely observed or recorded. It's this taping that allowed artwork to be seized on April 30. 

Rebolution Nova's Pineapple Glitch live stream of the raid and arrest:
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Rumpungworn was inside the taped area insisting the police obey the Kanawai Mamalahoe, the Law of the Splintered Paddle, the law proclaimed by King Kamehameha I that protects all those who lie by the side of the road and requires that they not be disturbed. After her arrest and while being questioned, she continued to recite the law to the officers in an effort to educate the police who despite having the splintered paddle emblem on their badges have been routinely violating the law under Bill 54 (now ordinance 11-029). 

Rumpungworn was charged with disorderly conduct and was quickly bailed out. A contingent from (De)Occupy Honolulu again demonstrated in front of the Police Deparment until she was released.

More information will be posted as it becomes available. Livestream from Rebolution Nova's Pineapple Glitch http://www.ustream.tv/channel/the-pineapple-glitch and H. Doug Matsuoka HonoluluDoug: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/honoluludoug , twitter @OccupyHonolulu and @hdoug respectively.

(De)Occupy Honolulu is in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street and the worldwide Occupy Movement which asserts that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We urge people to exercise the right to peaceably assemble, occupy public space, create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone.

*Note: Raid numbering has been corrected by incrementing by 1 over previous count. Tagging and seizure raids are counted as one raid even when on different days, but whenever items are seized, the raid count is incremented by one.

H. Doug Matsuoka
3 May 2012
Makiki, Honolulu

1 comment:

  1. Emily Yates arrested, Philadelphia on Aug 31, 2013.

    Emily Yates, a veteran says: "As you can see in the video, I had my back turned when multiple Park Service rangers grabbed me by my wrists, bent me over a park bench, picked me up by my arms and legs, dragged me away from a crowd, dropped me face-first on the ground (as you can see in these photos: desrowvisuals.com/Arrests/Philadelphia-Arrest-83113/), then carried me to a truck, threw me in – again face-first – and dropped me off at the Philly Federal Detention Center, where I was kept for three days without any explanation. Now, believe it or not, I'm being charged with assaulting these rangers. My trial date is July 2, 2014".