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Woman evicted a day after Occupy protest delayed sheriff

Lila Kara said she threw a housecoat over her pajamas and grabbed her two Yorkshire terriers — Yori and Evancho — along with a couple of white work shirts Wednesday when the Baltimore City Sheriff's Office arrived about 10 a.m. to evict her.

Kara, 65, had hoped a 100-person protest Tuesday by Occupy Baltimore outside her Union Square rowhouse would have bought her more time to delay her court-ordered eviction. Sheriffs deputies, however, joined a bank representative Wednesday morning to remove Kara from her home.

She said she owes more than $50,000 in back payments and fees. Her home, which she owned for the past six years, has been in foreclosure for about three years. Kara said she has appealed in court but the case is pending.

Occupy participants used Twitter to summon protesters to support Kara, and she said about a dozen showed up.

"Sheriff's are inside , people are slowly gathering. GET DOWN HERE #OCCUPYOURHOMES," appeared on the movement's OccupyBaltimore Twitter account.

Protesters said Tuesday they want to use the movement to raise public awareness on social injustice, including unscrupulous banking practices, and push for policy change.

Kara said she hopes to stay temporarily with an Occupy protester who works as a teacher before finding a house to rent.

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
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