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What they did is conduct an illegal eviction and you would have the right to call the police and be put back in possession of the property. They would have to give a proper written 30 day notice to you to terminate your tenancy and then pursue a formal eviction in court before they could legally force you to leave.
So the owner is completely in the wrong here and you could also sue them for the illegal eviction and seek punitive damages as well as compensatory damages for your property. Judges aren't very kind to landlords who take these kind of self help eviction actions.