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Activist Arrested For Feeding Homeless At Lake Eola
Posted: 12:49 pm EDT April 5, 2007Updated: 6:03 pm EDT April 5, 2007
ORLANDO, Fla. -- A man was thrown in jail for trying to help the homeless and, he said, he's willing to do it again. Eric Montanez bonded out of jail, Thursday.
Montanez was charged with violating Orlando's new city ordinance that bans feeding homeless people gathered in a large group. The arrested activist told Eyewitness News he'll keep fighting.
Police said Montanez, 21, with the group Food Not Bombs, broke the law by feeding more than 25 people, as Orlando's ordinance allows, inside Lake Eola's park on Wednesday. But Montanez is insistent he did nothing wrong.
"It is not against the law to feed people as much as they want to criminalize the help of the homelessness," he told Eyewitness News.
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