‘Sanctuary Hotel’ evicts those given refuge from riots after every room is trashed; squatters plan to stay

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The owner of the vacant Sheraton Minneapolis Midtown Hotel opened its doors last week as a sanctuary for people trying to avoid the Black Lives Matter riots, to include left-wing activists and the homeless.

The hotel, which was heavily damaged during the riots, quickly became a homeless commune and community organizers launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise well over $100,000, with carloads of other donations pouring in, the Star Tribune reported.

But those who took refuge, reportedly over 200 people, are now being kicked to the curb as they’ve turned the hotel into a shantytown marked by squalor and rampant drug use.

Minnesota Reformer reporter Max Nesterak shared footage of the damage online:

The situation had become “unwieldy,” according to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal.

Volunteers operating the shelter were reportedly allowing residents to bring in drugs and alcohol, leading to reports of widespread drug use and overdoses.

Citing Minnesota Public Radio, Biz-Journal reported that the eviction decision came after Ryan Companies US Inc., the property’s management company, informed the owner, Jay Patel, about drug violations, piles of garbage and no effort to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

In a statement, Minneapolis-based Ryan distanced itself from the evictions:

“The letter we sent to Mr. Patel was to remind him of his commitments to his neighbors and to highlight specific issues of safety and public health that are putting people – including residents – at risk. In no way did we request, demand or support today’s action; in fact, we closed our letter with an offer to work with him to address those concerns as well as other outstanding issues between us. We strongly believe that the people currently residing in the hotel who are experiencing homelessness deserve – and require – action that engages resources at all levels of government, community organizations, philanthropic organizations and the private sector.”

 

One of the organizers of the “Sanctuary Hotel,” public health nurse Rosemary Fister, told MPR News that some of the squatters intend to defy the eviction order.

“I don’t know if the owner has the power to evict us. I don’t know if the police in Minneapolis have the power to remove us from housing at this point,” she said. “This is a means of addressing historic, deep disparities and inequality. This is pragmatic and this has inspired a lot of people.”

For the Marxist-inspired left, housing is a human right.

Proving that the year 2020 is a remarkable time to be alive, the squatters even have their own Facebook account.

Posting a notice online, organizers are calling on government and the community to provide “dignified housing” to those who have “chosen” to vacate — the irony lost on them, given the condition they left their current housing in.

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“The owner of the former Sheraton did threaten to evict but a swell of community support has been able to delay that forced eviction,” the statement said. “Right now, volunteers and organizers are requesting an emergency response from community, social services, and the government to provide immediate, dignified housing to all residents who have chosen to leave the Minneapolis Sanctuary Hotel.”

Here’s some more footage from Nesterak:

Tom Tillison

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The longest-tenured writer at BizPac Review, Tom grew up in Maryland before moving to Central Florida as a young teen. It is in the Sunshine State that he honed both his passion for politics and his writing skills.
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