Yesterday, police violently arrested five people at a nonviolent direct action at the regional Bank of America headquarters in downtown Asheville.
Despite severe police surveillance and scare tactics during the Southeast Climate Action Convergence and an unprecedented police presence including an estimated 50 in riot gear, the action was completely non-violent. Those arrested were locked down inside the building, while supporters rallied outside wearing polar bear and canary costumes to represent non-human victims of environmental devastation. Reportedly, the Asheville Police Department responded by repeatedly using high voltage electric shock devices (tasers) on the defenseless protesters locked down.
Four of the activists are being held for an undisclosed period of time. Their bail is set at $1000 each, $4000 in total. The four were brutally arrested yesterday during a nonviolent direct action at the regional Bank of America headquarters in downtown Asheville after the Southeast Convergence for Climate Action (for more info click here).
During the demonstration, the four entered the bank to engage with the customers about where Bank of America is investing their money and demand that bank of America stop funding coal projects. Between 2005 and 2007, Bank of America facilitated nearly $1 billion in loans to Massey Energy and Arch Coal, two of the largest companies responsible for the destructive practice of mountaintop removal coal mining.
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