Liberty Activist Blog

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Efforts to save documents stymied

"Specialists working for the New Orleans Notorial Archives have been stymied in trying to return downtown to rescue some of the most historic documents in the city’s history, from original land grants to slave sale records and title records. Federal troops have refused to let them through checkpoints into the city. The Notorial Archives hired Munters Corp., a Swedish document salvage firm that freezes and then freeze-dries records to slowly remove moisture from them. But Munters’ refrigerated trucks were turned away by uniformed troops as they tried to enter the city, said Stephen Bruno, custodian of the archives. The trucks were headed to the Civil District Courthouse on Poydras Street, where many of the city’s real estate documents are housed, and to the former Amoco building at 1340 Poydras St., which houses historic documents such as a letter from Jean Lafitte to Washington demanding for his expenditures during the Battle of New Orleans.Eddy Pokluda, head of national sales for Munters in Dallas, said the company tried to get one person in to make an assessment of the damage but was turned away, even though days earlier they had coordinated with New Orleans police to have an escort into the city..... Bruno was quick to point out that homeowners shouldn’t worry about others making claim to their properties. Further, “there won’t be any (real estate) transactions until this problem is solved. Sure, a lot of people are going to want to sell and a lot of speculators are going to want to buy.” But without access to the records by abstractors, “It isn’t going to happen,’’ Bruno said." [Editor's note: Oh no, don't worry, little peons, just cause the records are gone. All is well.-MLS] (09/05/05)


Egypt: Activists defy protest ban
Independent [UK]

"Pro-democracy activists defied a ban on demonstrations to protest electoral irregularities as Egypt went to the polls in a multi-party presidential contest marred by blatant, pervasive rigging and intimidation. Hundreds of militants from the Kifaya (Enough) movement, chanting 'Mubarak, no, no, no,' and '24 years is enough,' disrupted traffic in Cairo's central Tarfir Square, urging Egyptians to boycott the vote - officially their country's first such multi-party presidential election - on the grounds that it was fixed by authorities to ensure President Hosni Mubarak remains in office for a further six years." (09/08/05)



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