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Mel King, 2 other activists arrested during eviction protest

Housing activists barred the entrance to Boston’s Municipal Court building Thursday, and among those arrested in the protest against homeowner evictions was Mel King, the South End activist and octogenarian who has spent decades fighting for fair housing.

“Thursday is eviction day in housing court across the state, and we block the doors to call for a change in housing policy,” said Maria Christina Blanco, an organizer with City Life/Vida Urbana, a Jamaica Plain housing advocacy group. “We have people who are fighting eviction, condo-ization, or raising rent. . . . We wanted to come and testify with their stories.”

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