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Occupy protesters try to stop foreclosures; man bulldozed home to avoid the same fate

Days after offshoot protesters of the Occupy Wall Street movement re-occupied foreclosed homes to protest what they say is the mistreatment of homeowners by big banks, a 2010 video of a man in Moscow, Ohio who bulldozed his home, in danger of foreclosure, is being passed around once more.

"When I see that I owe $160,000 on almost a $350,000 home and somebody decides they want to take it — I wasn't gonna stand for that so I took it down." — Terry Hoskins, Moscow, Ohio

Protesters from the Occupy movement and other community activists put up signs at the home of Ana Casas Wilson, which is currently under foreclosure from Wells Fargo, in South Gate, California. (JONATHAN ALCORN/REUTERS)

Occupy Our Homes has made a slightly less dramatic attempt at preventing banks from reselling foreclosed homes — by fixing up foreclosed houses and then occupying them with previously homeless families.

Some local city council members even helped the Occupy protesters clean up a foreclosed home.

“With this, our intention is not to violate the law,” Sean Barry, with Occupy Our Homes, told Public Radio International. “Our intention is to show the housing system in this country is not working for the 99 percent.”

Protesters also disrupted bank auctions and blocked evictions to protest the predatory loans and other practices they say banks engaged in during the housing bubble.

But for Hoskins, knowing that all the bank got from him was a pile of dirt was apparently enough. Watch the video:


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