Volunteers Evicted from Riverdale

At noon today a Huffmaster crisis response security team, hired by Aqua America, arrived at Riverdale Mobile Home Park to clear the way for Aqua America's planned construction. The private security team began to dismantle the barricades at the entrances of the park and to erect a security fence across the entire front of the park. Volunteers attempted to block these efforts by reconstructing barricades and standing in the way of the fence, but the Pennsylvania State Police arrived shortly thereafter. After 12 days inside the park, volunteers and supporters were given 20 minutes to gather their belongings and vacate the park, and warned that any who remained would be arrested for trespassing. A group of volunteers, hoping to slow this incursion into Riverdale, decided to not comply with the police. The volunteers held one of the entrances with their bodies, and a banner reading "This is a Beautiful Place, People Live Here." As 40 state police moved in with handcuffs, several of the remaining residents stepped in, asking the volunteers to stand down, and move out of the park. The volunteers complied, and gathered in the public right of way to stand witness as construction equipment began to move into the park.

4 comments:

  1. My only comment is that the volunteers were extremely calm and handled the potentially tense situation really well. In fact it was the volunteers who cleared away the barriers. Another great point was that in negotiating with the police they asked them to correctly mark the boundaries as the workers were initially putting the fence close to the road. The occupiers were well trained and were at no time a threat to the large police presence. A real shame the state wasted money on all those people being there functioning as a private police force for Aqua America.

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  2. Oh I am SO surprised at all of this. NOT!!! I grew up in Tamaqua, PA, a coal-mining town and the behavior of the gas industry is EXACTLY like the coal industry at the end of the 19th century. PA was a beautiful state until the 1870s, after that, an industrial wasteland repeatedly raped by the mining and chemical industries who own the politicians and the uneducated poor. The PA state police are really just thug enforcers for the industries, the same as the hired thugs who beat and murdered the coal miners as they gathered to form unions. I'd love to believe that there will be a positive outcome with this blatant land grab for private (multinational) interests, but being the daughter of a coal miner and a chemical worker from eastern PA, I know that the state sold its soul over a century ago and have no doubt that unless the citizens utilize their stockpiled rifles and explosives and finally decide that the mining/chem cartel is their true enemy not their economic savior, then its all over. During the Revoloution, PA was the keystone state because without its support, the revolt would fail. It can be a keystone state again if the people there would finally wake up and fight back, and put the fracking and mountain top removal industries on notice, but I won't hold my breath.

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  3. If you want to come out a winner, always carefully select the mountain you wish to defend

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  4. This is great for extra security especially if you want to be safe. Thanks.

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