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Nine singing protesters arrested at Brooklyn foreclosure auction

October 14, 2011 08:48AM

A group of protesters at a Brooklyn foreclosure auction were arrested for standing and singing to interrupt the bidding process.

The New York Times reported that the protesters at the State Supreme Court building, located at 360 Adams Street, were members of Organizing Occupation, which opposes the predatory lending and foreclosure process that they say benefits lending institutions at low-income homeowners’ expenses.

Earlier this year, the group helped stave off the eviction of an 82-year-old woman, who was victimized by a subprime loan, from her Bedford-Stuyvesant home.

When the judge asked for bids on a foreclosed Fulton Street property, about a dozen people in the 60-person crowd began singing in unison. Shortly after, the judge threatened to arrest anyone who didn’t leave the courtroom, but nine protestors remained and were given a summons for disorderly conduct as 100 supporters stood outside the courthouse. The Times said some of the protestors were members of Occupy Wall Street. [NYT]

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