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Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Native Youth Movement Members arrested for defending themselves

Native Youth Movement Press release:
TWO NATIVE YOUTH MOVEMENT WARRIORS ARRESTED DURING ANTI-FAIRMONT HOTEL RALLY

ONE WARRIOR STILL BEHIND ENEMY LINES – RANSOM SET FOR $50, 000

(Sunday, August 29th, 2004, Fairmont Miramar Hotel Santa Monica, California) Fairmont Hotel security assaults a 14 year old NYM warrior during a peaceful info rally which leads to the arrest of two NYM Warriors. 14 year old, Alma Barba, was handing out flyers condemning Fairmont Hotel’s participation in the forcible removal of Secwepemc from their homeland: GENOCIDE, when a Fairmont security shoved her to the grass then kicked her to her back and held her there with his foot grinding into her chest.

Fairmont Hotel called Santa Monica Police Department and two arrests were made, including the arrest of WAR CLUB NYM Ryakin Rip who is in the Los Angeles area completing a music and speaking tour. He is being accused of issuing terrorist threats while defending 14 year old Alma Barba from further attack. Ryakin is being held for $50,000 ransom.

The Santa Monica Fairmont rally was coordinated with a rally held today against the expansion of Sun Peaks Resort in the interior of British Columbia, Canada. Fairmont Hotels has invested $40 million in Sun Peaks Resort to build the Delta Hotel Sun Peaks, drawing mass tourists to sensitive mountain area still depended on by Secwepemc, the Indigenous Peoples of the land.

Contact info:

Native Youth Movement nymcommunications@hotmail.com

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