Cement encased Occupy home defenders risk life and limb


How far would you go to protect a homeowner from being evicted?

Occupy Homes activists defending Alejandra and David Cruz’s foreclosed home in South Minneapolis have built an elaborate if not provocative home defense system to stop police from evicting the Latino family. They say they won’t leave until either PNC Mortgage or Freddie Mac renegotiates the mortgage.

At both the front and back doors, activists have planted a bucket filled with cement, save for a pipe that stretches through its midsection. Two activists sit on either side of the bucket with their arms chained together inside the pipe.

“If you pulled on me and tried to yank me out of there, the best you could really do would be to break my arm,” said an Occupy activist named Randall.