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4th Raid in 4 Days: Illegal seizure of property at DeOccupy Honolulu

Day 236, DeOccupy Honolulu encampment. For the fourth time in four days, Honolulu Police Department (HPD) personnel and Department of Facilities Maintenance (DFM) crews raided the DeOccupy Honolulu encampment.

The encampment removed most of tents to private property during yesterdayʻs raid to exempt the property from seizure under Bill 54 (now ordinance 11-029). (Flickr photo narrative here.) Two brand new (and therefore untagged) tents were seized, and for the first time, the untagged contents of tents were seized.

The city seems to be intent on a courtroom showdown to resolve the legality of Bill 54 and its implementation.

DeOccupy Honolulu plans to have an encampment back on the corner this afternoon. They have completely rebuilt the encampment a number of times since the first teardown on 12/29/2011 when the Thomas Square Park boundaries were redrawn so HPD could tear it down.

Nova Smithʻs recorded livestream of the event:

(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.

H. Doug Matsuoka
28 June 2012
Makiki, Honolulu


  1. Not only did they knowingly seize untagged, brand-new tents, they opened up all of these tents without a search warrant, a clear violation of the equal protection clause- Mayor Carlisle driving by in an electric car smiling and giving a thumbs-up to to Trish Morikawa and Westley Chun during the raid was totally reprehensible-


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