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Protesters take over foreclosed home in Raleigh

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Raleigh police have arrested seven people who protested what they say are unfair economic practices by briefly occupying a home under foreclosure.

A few dozen protesters arrived at the home Monday morning and were watched by police, who spent several hours confirming who currently owns the home.

Authorities say once the new owner said no one should be in the home, officers gave warnings that arrests were imminent. Police say seven people were charged with trespassing when they didn’t leave.

The protesters say the original homeowner gave them permission to be there and they felt police were heavy-handed by calling in a SWAT team.

Raleigh Police spokesman Jim Sughrue says any time officers fear someone may be barricaded inside a building, they call the SWAT team as a precaution.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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