December 8, 2013
BA City Police evicted Borda Hospital, violent incidients resulted in at least 36 injured
Buenos Aires City Government operation to demolish a workshop area of the Borda Hospital has resulted in 36 people injured and at least 8 people detained. Among those attacked by the Metropolitan Police, are doctors, nurses, lawmakers and reporters.
Early this morning, a Group of officers belonging to the Metropolitan Police started to evict workers of the Borda public mental institution who resisted the demolition of a rehabilitation workshop that assist hospital’s patients.
Following first clashes and repression that involved rubber bullets and tear gas, the Metropolitan Police charged back against hundreds of people, including lawmakers.
According to unionized groups present during the violent incidents, at least five workers of the Borda were detained and more than 30 resulted injured. Furthermore, three press workers were hit by rubber bullets while two legislators were affected by tear-producing gas. Buenos Aires City Guillermo Montenegro said that 10 police officers have been hospitalized, two of them seriously injured.
“We were attacked only because we defend the place where patients are being rehabilitated. What we do is to rehabilitate patients so that they can return home with their familias,” a Borda nurse told reporters.
Facing today’s violence, the leaders of the State Workers Association (ATE in Spanish) called for a national strike and protest for next week. ATE Secretary General José Luis Mataza announced that the rally will take place on Tuesday at 11 am with demonstrators marching from the 9 de Julio and De Mayo Avenues to the City Government headquarters.