Buses burned in Doraville.

This is not a positive development:

The owner of a bus line who provided free transportation to some of the people attending a pro-immigration rally last week said today that three of his buses were burned overnight while they sat in a Doraville parking area.

Carlos Ochoa, who owns Royal Bus Lines, said he was notified by employees about 7 a.m. that the 20-passenger buses he keeps in a private parking lot off Church Street had burned.

“I would not want to believe that this happened because of the march,” said Ochoa, who offered six buses to provide free transportation to the April 10 rally in Atlanta that was part of a nationwide protest against federal immigration legislation.

“But looking at the buses like this, makes me feel sad,” said Ochoa, a a naturalized citizen from Colombia. “At the same time, it gives me courage to continue what we are trying to do” in supporting the Hispanic community’s efforts to fight proposed tougher federal laws against illegal immigration.

Ochoa’s Royal Bus Lines is a private company offering transportation mostly along Buford Hwy. in Atlanta.  He has had frequent battles with MARTA who does not appreciate the competition.

8 comments

  1. Decaturguy says:

    This should have been expected. Once the government sactions the bashing of a particular community of individuals, in this case the Hispanic community, the bigots take it as a cue that it is OK to commit crimes against that community.

    Because of the actions of the state legislature and the Governor, expect more of this kind of stuff.

  2. Beth says:

    There is no excuse for this kind of behavior. DG how could you possibly blame this on the legislation. It is a heated issue, but there is no reason to destroy property.

  3. Fuzzyslippers says:

    “Because of the actions of the state legislature and the Governor, expect more of this kind of stuff.”

    You should change your posting name to Stretch Armstrong.

    I keed.

    Personally, I think some Marta bus drivers saw their chance and they took it. On second thought.. this would be the smart thing to do. So it probably wasn’t them.

    Where’s Columbo when you need him?

  4. Decaturguy says:

    “It is a heated issue, but there is no reason to destroy property.”

    I agree.

    Fuzzyslippers, you may think my statement was a stretch, but then you go on to say that MARTA bus drivers might have done it?

    In your heart of hearts you know it is true. The sad reality is that this will probably be only the first of many attacks on the Hispanic immigrant community in the weeks and months to come by anti-immigrant bigots.

  5. Harry says:

    It is true that MARTA bus drivers have been harassing this guy’s drivers over the past couple of years. There’s a lot of bad blood there.

  6. JP says:

    Sounds like more of a personal feud than it does a bunch of rednecks lighting buses on fire in reaction to the protests, but I guess anything’s possible.

  7. Fuzzyslippers says:

    “Fuzzyslippers, you may think my statement was a stretch, but then you go on to say that MARTA bus drivers might have done it?”

    It’s called humor. Look it up sometime. It comes in handy when something sad happens.

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