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 time Chicano activist and active member of the Committee to Stop
FBI Repression. The SWAT Team smashed the front door and rushed in
with automatic weapons as Carlos slept. The team of Sheriffs and FBI
proceeded to ransack his house, taking his computer, cell phones and
hundreds of documents, photos, diskettes and mementos of his current
political activities in the pro-immigrant rights and Chicano civil
rights movement. Also taken were hundreds of historical documents
related to Carlos Montes’ involvement in the Chicano movement for the
past 44 years.
Carlos was arrested on one charge dealing with a firearm code and
released on bail the following morning. His first court appearance is
set for June 16, 2011.
This attack on Carlos Montes is part of the campaign of FBI harassment
taking place against the 23 peace and justice activists which has
until now been centered in the Midwest. Carlos Montes’ name was listed
on the subpoena left in the office of the Twin Cities Anti-War
Committee last September 24. When Carlos Montes was placed in the LA
County Sheriff’s car, an FBI agent approached and asked him questions
about the Freedom Road Socialist Organization.
Carlos Montes has done nothing wrong. This is an attack 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 education movements his whole adult life.
Stop the Attacks on the Chicano and Immigrants Rights Movement!
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 (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 repression
targeting political activists and movements. The program will take
place at F Square Printing, 519 South Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA
see http://www.stopfbi.net for more information