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FBI and LA County Sheriff Raid Veteran Chicano Activist Carlos Montes

Posted on May 22, 2011 by the the Los Angeles County Central Committee

The follow press release was issued by the Committee to Stop FBI Repression in May 19, 2011.

Statement From The Committee To Stop FBI Repression

On May 17, 2011 at 5:00 AM the SWAT Team of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and members of the FBI raided the home of Carlos Montes, a long timeChicano activist and active member of the Committee to Stop FBI Repression. The SWAT Team smashed the front door and rushed in with automatic weaponsas Carlos slept. The team of Sheriffs and FBI proceeded to ransackhis house, taking his computer, cell phones and hundreds of documents, photos,diskettes and mementos of his current political activities in the pro-immigrantrights and Chicano civil rights movement. Also taken were hundreds ofhistorical documents related to Carlos Montes’ involvement in the Chicanomovement for the past 44 years.

Carlos was arrested on one charge dealing with a firearmcode and released on bail the following morning. His first court appearance isset for June 16, 2011.

This attack on Carlos Montes is part of the campaign of FBIharassment taking place against the 23 peace and justice activists which hasuntil now been centered in the Midwest. Carlos Montes’ name was listed on thesubpoena left in the office of the Twin Cities Anti-War Committee lastSeptember 24. When Carlos Montes was placed in the LA County Sheriff's car, anFBI agent approached and asked him questions about the Freedom RoadSocialist Organization.

Carlos Montes has done nothing wrong. This is anattack on him and an attack on the Chicano movement for equality. Carlos has been involved and a committed leader in the immigrant rights, anti war, solidarity, and quality educationmovements his whole adult life.

Stop the Attacks on the Chicano and Immigrants RightsMovement!

We demand all charges be dropped against Carlos Montes. We call for the immediate return of all his property.

Please call and write US Attorney General Eric Holder at 202-353-1555 and demand Hands Off Carlos Montes and other activists.

Join the LA Committee Against FBI Repression on May 24, 2011,at 7 PM to hear first hand about this attack and discuss the FBI repressiontargeting political activists and movements. The program will take placeat F Square Printing, 519 South Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013.

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