Originally Witten July 15th, 2021
In protest from the officer involved shooting and death of Soobleej Kaub Hawj of Kansas City, Kansas, during the evacuation of the Mount Shasta Vista Subdivision from the Lava Fire on June 29th, Zurg Xiong, a resident of the same subdivision in the Hmong and Asian community, has been on a hunger strike at the entrance of the new Siskiyou County Courthouse building in Yreka since last Sunday.
Many other Asians that live and cultivate cannabis in Shasta Vista stood around Xiong holding signs in support and demanding for changes in the water ordinances and transparency of the shooting investigation in which they believe they are not getting.
“I will continue this hunger strike until talks are made or until I die.”Xiong
Tryes Cha, is a Hmong and ran for the Yreka City Council in 2020 but did not win the seat.
On Sunday, the Hmong at the courthouse told their individual stories of how they had to fight the Lava Fire themselves when it burned into the Shasta Vista Subdivision because the firefighters
“refused to come into Shasta Vista Subdivision to fight the fire to which many Hmong fought themselves.”
Using a translator, they claim that 50% of their marijuana cultivation and their living quarters were destroyed and they lost everything they owned. Along with Xiong, they say they feel unsupported by the county and the firefighters who would not go into their area to fight the fire. Of the Hmong who spoke, they each claimed that they are United States citizens. Wiping away tears as he spoke, one man told his story of how he sacrificed his life as he fought in the Vietnam war for the US and took asylum here in the states. Others held pictures of themselves fighting the fire on their property and even showed burns that they sustained during the ordeal.
A petition has been started on change.org demanding for justice. Their demands are:
- 1. Remove the Water Ban Ordinance passed on May 4, 2021 (Ordinance 21-08)
- 2. Release of body cams in the shooting on June 29, 2021.
- 3. Federal Investigation into the Lava Fire
- 4. Federal Investigation into the shooting of Soobleej Kaub Hawj
- 5. Resignation of Sheriff LaRue
There are many caucasians that also live in the same area and are afraid to give their names in retaliation from the Hmong. In one statement about the Lava Fire from a Shasta Vista resident that does not want her name associated with this article said,
Another neighbor said that as the fire spread through their area, she heard propane or chemical tanks blowing up from 8 miles away and that is why the firefighters would not go into their area.
Mr Treys says that he is a law abiding citizen and if people break the law they should be arrested regardless of who they are. Another Hmong man said that they are like an apple tree. Most are law abiding but the few that aren’t are making the rest of the Hmong look bad. Another resident in Mt. Shasta Vista said,
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