You would think I was crazy to write this but it actually happened! Eco-criminals CALTRANS and their armed militia also known as the CHP forcibly removed the Willits tree-sitters Tuesday at gunpoint in an overwhelming show of force. What you say – was there some kind of terrorist threat? No, just five peaceful, unarmed tree sitters representing a threat to the CALTRANS machine. The CALTRANS motto – we will build you a freeway whether you want it or not – even if it takes an armed invasion.
Swarms of riot-geared CHP swept into Willits at the crack of dawn hidden by the fog but not hidden from witnesses and observers. While the CHP held observers and supporters at bay, cherry picker cranes containing gun-toting CHP Swat teams told Warbler that they would use “any means necessary” to extract her. Then they moved on to Caspar and Celsius and actually shot one of these peaceful protesters three times with projectiles in their effort to remove him. The remaining two tree-sitters were removed later in the day.
Don’t believe it happened? Check out the videos on the SOLLV website or Facebook page: <http://savelittlelakevalley.
State Senator Noreen Evans issued the following statement:
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Sacramento, CA –Senator Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) issued the following statement in response to today’s removal of Willits Bypass Project protesters by the California Highway Patrol (CHP):
“CHP was deployed to remove the protestors of the Willits Bypass Project just hours before I was set to meet with the director of Caltrans to have my questions answered. According to some reports, protestors in trees were extracted by CHP using “rubber bullets”, and that CHP officers significantly outnumbered protestors.
“I am shocked and dismayed at what seems to be an excessive use of force on unarmed protestors.
“Thus far, I feel Caltrans and CHP have been slow to respond to my questions and quick to act regarding the Bypass Project.
“It also was extremely disturbing to learn that the press was excluded from observing the removal of the protestors.
“I had asked to be kept informed on a daily basis prior to any extraordinary action on this project as I represent the 1.3 million Californians living in the Second Senate District where this project is taking place. Regretfully that did not happen today.
“I met today with Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty to express my dismay at today’s events. I have additionally requested an immediate meeting with CHP Commissioner Joseph Farrow.
“I urge everyone to remain calm and for protestors to remain peaceful in their opposition.”
State Senator Noreen Evans represents the Second Senatorial District, including all or portions of the Counties of Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Marin (caretaker), Napa, Solano and Sonoma. Senator Evans Chairs the Senate Committee on Judiciary and is the outgoing Chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus.
Please let your elected officials know that we do not want our tax dollars spent to build more freeways at gun point and please support the Willits protesters because CALTRANS and their armed militia will be moving north to Richardson Grove next.
Thank you! Barbara Kennedy