The 1985 MOVE bombing

MOVE is a black liberation group which advocates a return to a more “natural” state, along the lines of Anarcho-primitivism. They also have neo-luddite tendencies. This year, 2015, is the 30 year anniversary of the 1985 MOVE bombing in Philadelphia. It was that year that the Philadelphia police dropped bombs on the house that members of MOVE lived in, this resulted in eleven people being killed, including five children and 60 other homes in the neighborhood were destroyed when the fire spread.
The police had been paying attention to the MOVE group for their political work for a while before the bombing. On May 13, 1985 the police came to evict the people from the house and to serve warrants on some of them. There was a fire fight and in the process the police dropped two bombs on the house from a helicopter. The bombs were water gel explosive, a dynamite substitute, that was supplied by the FBI. Once the fire started to spread from the bombs the firefighters stood by and did nothing to prevent it from spreading or to put it out.
After-wards the mayor appointed a commission to investigate what happened. The report denounced the actions of the city government, stating that “Dropping a bomb on an occupied row house was unconscionable.” However, no one from the city government was charged criminally.


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