The Cruz family of Minneapolis would like to live under their own roof again. This morning, Occupy Minnesota Homes activists tried to live on their roof in hopes of making that dream a reality. Their stay was short.
The family’s home has been a battleground between activists and police acting on behalf of the banks as the Cruz family fights a foreclosure and eviction which they say was triggered by an error from PNC Bank.
Activists deployed a large balloon banner reading “Evictions Stop Here” above the home and locked themselves to the roof. Firefighters and police removed the activists from the roof about an hour after the protest began. Power tools were used to unlock the activists. Two were arrested. 15 others left the roof without arrest.
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Video of arrests from Occupy Homes Minnesota:
Prior to the arrests, the activists recorded a video saying they planned to stay on the roof until 8pm unless they were arrested and removed.
The action kicks off a national day of action in 18 cities demanding PNC Bank negotiate with the family to allow them to return to their home. PNC services the mortgage, but the loan is owned by Freddie Mac which went to court to evict the family.
A press release from Occupy Homes says Alejandra and David Cruz will arrive at PNC bank’s headquarters in Pittsburgh around 1pm ET/ Noon CT with more than 40,000 petition signatures and their loan modification documents demanding a meeting with CEO Jim Rohr to renegotiate their mortgage.
More video from Minneapolis: