Raleigh antiwar activists will join a nationwide protest Thursday, June 16 in support of Carlos Montes, a longtime Chicano activist, immigration rights advocate and member of the Committee to Stop FBI Repression, arrested by the FBI May 17.
The protest will be held outside the Federal Building, 310 New Bern Ave., Raleigh 9 a.m. That same day Montes is scheduled for his first court appearance in Los Angeles. It’s being organized by the Triangle Committee to Stop FBI Represssion.
A combined Los Angeles SWAT team and FBI force raided the home of Montes at 5 a.m. May 17. The raiders ransacked his house, taking his computer, cell phones and hundreds of documents, photos, diskettes and mementos of his current political activities in the pro-immigrant rights and Chicano civil rights movement. Police also took away hundreds of historical documents related to the Chicano movement. Montes was arrested on one charge dealing with a firearm code and released on bail the following morning.
Organizers of the protest say this raid is part of the campaign of FBI harassment targeting 23 peace and justice activists which has until now been centered in the Midwest. Montes was listed on the search warrant left in the office of the Minneapolis Anti-War Committee after a September 24 raid.