March 8, 2014
Villa Soldati land takeover claims one dead
The eviction of an empty piece of land in the BA City neighbourhood of Villa Soldati resulted in one dead following clashes between squatters and the police. The 30-year-old male victim was shot in the thorax and abdomen and has been identified as Osvaldo Soto. National Security Secretary Sergio Berni approached the site and blamed attorney Carlos Rolero and the City government for the tragic event.
“Our solution is land because we have no place to go. We have all been born here and we don’t have a home,” one of the persons occupying the lands in Villa Soldati told reporters.
“We need a solution now, not within a year. I have a child and I know I can’t bring him here because the area is contaminated,” another protester said as attorney Carlos Rolero tried to set a “peaceful wayout” to the take over this morning. “The City government will intercede to listen to your demands. I invite you to dialogue in order to find a peaceful solution,” Rolero asked the protest group.
Meanwhile, Security Secretary Sergio Berni targeted both Rolero and the administration of Mayor Mauricio Macri for the incident that started on Tuesday’s early morning. “All of this could have been avoided if the attorney arrived earlier, it is shameful,” Berni said in statements to media as he arrived in Villa Soldati.
“We were ready to act since 12 pm. There is a responsable to blame and that is the attorney. We asked him to come last night and he said no,” the federal official insisted.
“We face the situations and they sleep till 8 am,” the secretary continued to complain. “It is outrageous and frustrating. It happens everyday in the City; it becomes no man’s land at 7 pm,” he added and accused Macri’s government of having “no commitment with society.”