The Move 9

1985. Philadelphia city police dropped a bomb on this block (Osage Avenue)  and let it burn. Five children and six adults, members of a small radical collective called MOVE, died; 61 homes in a middle-class neighborhood were destroyed. As the nation watched, Philadelphia became the city that bombed its own people.

The firefighters were stopped from putting out the fires based on allegations that firefighters were being shot at, a claim that was contested by the lone adult survivor Ramona Africa, who says that the firefighters had earlier battered the house with two deluge pumps when there was no fire. Police shot at those trying to escape the house and acknowledge firing over 10,000 rounds.

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Posted on Monday, 18 March
Tagged as: Move Organization   Move 9   Philadelphia   Black Liberation Organization   John Africa  
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