March 7, 2014
Following meeting with judgeThursday, February 27, 2014
Agreement reached in Lugano takeover
An agreemtn to end the sit-in at the area next to the Indoamericano park in Villa Lugano at 6am today was reportedly reached late last night following a meeting between Judge Gabriel Vega and representatives of the families who were occupying the area, although only few details were known at press time.
The information was confirmed by Buenos Aires City Attorney General Jorge Conte Grand.
Authorities of the City’s Housing Institute (IVC) and officials from Banco Ciudad also took part in the hearing called by Judge Vega in a bid to reach a consensual solution between all parties involved and avoid a new episode of violence after a 30-year-old man died the previous day during the takeover attempt.
Conte Grand also revealed that families agreed to leave the area voluntarily and that they will be registered in a census so they can be included later in a housing programme during the urbanization of the area.
During the morning, the judge had said he was looking for a “peaceful solution” to the takeover of lands near Fernández de la Cruz avenue, near the Indoamericano Park, which led to clashes that ended with one person killed.
Some 500 people were illegally occupying the area, setting up tents and demarcating the area to build their houses.
“I talked to representatives of (the families carrying out) the takeover, the prosecutor and officials from the Buenos Aires City administration. I ordered that the conflict be solved in a peaceful manner,” the judge told news channel Todo Noticias (TN). “After I finish listening to them, I will rule over the prosecutor’s demand.”
Meanwhile, a spokesman for the people who are demanding the construction of houses, said they attended the meeting “so that there are no arguments for the eviction.” “We want a solution because we’re with our families here,” he told reporters.
Peaceful... or not
On Tuesday night, Rolero ordered the eviction of the area adjacent to the Indoamericano Park and told reporters he had requested the courts to carry out a raid “pacifically or using public force.”
A new land takeover at the same park where a grab took place three years ago and left three people dead took place this week in an area that has long been a wasteland where the Federal Police (PFA in Spanish) used to send cars seized during raids.
Osvaldo Soto, a 30-year-old man who lived in neighbouring slum Villa 20, was shot dead at dawn on Tuesday, allegedly during a fight.
“This situation has its origins in the decision by the City administration to not comply with Law 1770,” Víctor Hugo Núñez, president of an association in Villa 20, told local newspaper Diario Z. “Some of the occupants are residents who are no longer able to pay their rents.”
As the Herald reported on Tuesday, Law 1770 sponsored the urbanization of the Villa 20, where many of the land grabs originate.
Herald with DyN