OCCUPY PROTEST: Foreclosures Targeted
Occupy Des Moines protesters are kicking off a new effort focusing on foreclosures.
Twenty occupiers began chanting and singing at the Polk County Sheriff’s foreclosure auction Thursday.
The protest began right after the auctioneer began describing the first of 29 homes up for sale.
Protestors shut down the auction for almost two hours. Des Moines police responded and arrested four people, issuing citations to each.
“We are here to raise awareness about the foreclosure situation in Polk County, Iowa. There are 50 houses per week foreclosed on in Polk County. It’s not just in Detroit or California or New York it’s here,” says protester Jessica Mazour. She says lenders like Wells Fargo Mortgage, which is based in Des Moines, got us into this mess and they should get us out.
The auction did resume after the two hour delay.