Rahul Dubey let nearly 70 strangers trapped by police into his home and allowed them to stay the night to avoid arrest. He said he flung his door open for several minutes as a “tsunami” of protesters fled from the police officers to the safety of Dubey’s 1,500-square-foot home.
By doing this amazing act Rahul managed to save all the people from arrests. He even fed them and even charged their phones. Becca Thimmesch, who lives about two blocks away from Dubey, said she and three other people stayed on his stoop overnight to observe the police activity and check in with the protesters. They also worked to organize rides to get the young people home once the curfew lifted. Becca Thimmesch said,”Around five, with an hour of curfew to go, community members started showing up left and right bringing food and water and hand sanitizer and their cars and offering to take people,”
She said they had more volunteers than they needed when the protesters came outside, so a lot of them stayed and helped to clean up and saw several other residents on the street let protesters into their houses.
She explained to CNN,”There is currently a global pandemic, and we’ve been told, ‘do not let people in your house, do not be sharing space with people,’and you know, these random people made what is what I consider to be a huge sacrifice, to try and guarantee the safety of young people that they didn’t know.”
Rahul Dubey later said that he considers the young protesters family and that he was really relieved to get texts and messages that they were all home safe.
“I hope that my 13-year-old son grows up to be just as amazing as they are,” he said.”I hope that they continue to fight and I hope that they go out there today peacefully, as they did yesterday, and not blink because our country needs them, and needs you and everybody more than ever right now.”