Check Out The Smerconish Column in Today's Daily News
From Today's Philadelphia Daily News:
"These neighbors were devastated. They were broken. They were angry. They didn't just lose their homes. Worse, they lost so much precious memorabilia.
I will never forget their horror stories. Just like the residents of Powelton Village before them (the horror show that ended with MOVE's murder of Police Officer James Ramp on Aug. 8, 1978) the residents of Osage Avenue had to endure a tremendous burden inflicted by the self-described "back-to-nature" group.
Garbage and rats. The blare of bullhorns. Threats of violence. Constant tension.
As Tony Allen, a former MOVE supporter told me, "The MOVE organization represents a cult of death... the group turned a quiet working-class community into a war zone complete with an aresenal of weapons and a bunker complete with firing ports.
"While you can find plenty to criticize about the actions of city officials on May 13, 1985, no one should ever forget that the crisis was instigated by a group of individuals bent upon bringing death upon themselves and the children within their care."
MOVE's Osage Avenue neighbors told me that in the weeks leading up to the confrontation, they would be awakened by the pitter-patter of footsteps on their rooftops made by MOVE members, the same people who would build the rooftop bunker that was bombed with C-4 from a helicopter."
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