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Infoshop raided in Prescott, AZ by FBI
More than a dozen FBI agents, along with Joint Terrorism Taskforce and local police spent Wednesday afternoon and evening raiding The Catalyst Infoshop in Prescott. Agents detained Bill Rogers, of the Catalyst's founders, who is expected to be arraigned in Flagstaff at 10:00 am Thursday at the federal building, 200 N. San Francisco. Rogers was allegedly arrested in connection with an arson investigation which began in Portland on Wednesday.
As of 8:00 pm Wednesday night, the The Catalyst was still sealed off and full of federal agents. A lot of materials have been seized. The extent of the damage and seizures is not yet known. Collective members plan to open the space again as soon as possible.
FBI agenents also arrested Sarah Harvey in Flagstaff. More info coming soon.
Support will be needed for the arrestees and this important community center.
Also on Wednesday, Flagstaff Police pulled students involved in the group Youth of the Peaks out of their classes and interrogated them. Youth of the Peaks is part of the Save The Peaks! coalition, which has been organizing to stop the expansion of the Snow Bowl ski resort located in the San Francisco Peaks. There are also reports that police officers went through the high school and tore down all the Save the Peaks fliers that had been posted in the halls. This week was the Youth Mobilization Week, with an action summit planned for this weekend.
The Catalyst Infoshop served as an organizing hub for Save the Peaks during October and November while a trial was held in Prescott (AZ IMC: 1, 2, 3 ) where several Native American tribes were suing Coconino National Forest.
It is unclear whether the police's actions in Prescott and Flagstaff are related. The warrant issued at the Catalyst also had people's names from other states. More information will be posted as it comes in.