Tuesday afternoon, police raided a building at 13 Thames Street that is home to tens of people and regularly hosts art and performance events and dance parties. The space is spread over several floors and consists of two kitchens, a few bathrooms, sleeping quarters, and common living areas. Most of the residents identify as anarchists and this week the space hosted guests from the Independent Anarchist Media (I AM) Collective as they planned the Fourth Annual NYC Anarchist Film Festival.
An NYPD information officer showed no radio record of the raid and speculated it may have been the execution of a search warrant. 13 Thames resident Peter Aleksa said the officers had no warrant.
“We think its related to organizing for the film festival because fliers went up linking the space to the festival,” said Aleksa, “and the next day they were there with detectives and brass.”
Two I AM members were arrested, according to witnesses. As of Wednesday afternoon, one has been released; the other remains in custody. Aleksa said the 90th Precinct gave no reason for either the raid or the arrests.
Sgt. Carlos Nieves told BushwickBK the two were arrested for outstanding Criminal Court summonses.
The Festival will continue as planned on Friday April 16, 2010 at Judson Memorial Church at Washington Square.