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Rampage on G Street

by Mike Rhodes (editor [at] fresnoalliance.com)
City workers destroyed numerous tents and shelters on G street today. The photos below show one example of what took place as City of Fresno sanitation workers destroyed homeless shelters on the east side of G street (south of Ventura). What is somewhat unique about this attack is that only hours before, State of California workers had posted notices giving the residents extra time to move out. See the sign below.
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This series of photos shows the destruction that took place on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 on G street south of Ventura in downtown Fresno. This is part of a campaign by the City of Fresno to destroy all of the homeless encampments in this city over a two week period. This is the end of week 1. There will be a lot more destruction of homeless people’s property, unless the people, the law, or government officials stop it.
§Sign Offers No Protection from City Workers
by Mike Rhodes
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This sign gave the owners of this structure 5 more days to move out. It had been posted earlier in the day by Caltrans workers from the State of California, who have jurisdiction under the overpass.
§Bulldozer Moves in
by Mike Rhodes
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Without regard to the Federal Court Order not to destroy homeless people’s property ( see: http://www.aclunc.org/cases/closed_cases/asset_upload_file890_8469.pdf ) or the sign giving the resident of this shelter until November 7, 2011 to leave, this bulldozer moves in to destroy this structure.
§The Shelter is Destroyed
by Mike Rhodes
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Other city workers tell the bulldozer driver to back off for a minute.
§Moments Later
by Mike Rhodes
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Moments later they are back to finish the job.
§The Garbage Truck
by Mike Rhodes
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§City Workers
by Mike Rhodes
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Dismantling these shelters took some time. It took both the bulldozer and workers on the ground to destroy them.
§The Work Crew
by Mike Rhodes
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§Everything Goes
by Mike Rhodes
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Here you can see city workers throwing out what looks like a yoga mat, bicycle tires, and a mattress and box springs.
§Going in for More
by Mike Rhodes
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§Hauling it Away
by Mike Rhodes
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§The Box Springs
by Mike Rhodes
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§The Next Shelter
by Mike Rhodes
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§The End
by Mike Rhodes
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All photos by Mike Rhodes
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