April 18, 2014
Villa Lugano takeover continues despite agreement
Although an agreement had been announced to end the sit-in in the Buenos Aires City neighbourhood of Villa Lugano today, squatters decided to continue with the takeover already starting to build precarious houses in the area.
“Most of the people decided to stay because they have already begun to build their houses and because what the judge offered are promises we don’t know when they will come true,” one of the protesters occupying a piece of land next to the Indoamericano park – also the center of a major and violent takeover in 2010 -, told reporters.
“I will not show resistance but I will remain here with my pregnant wife and my two-year-old daughter to see how they are going to do to evict me,” the man added.
On Wednesday, an accord was reached between the occupying families, judicial authorities and officials of the Buenos Aires City government with all parties agreeing on the end of the protest for today at 6 am.
But with negotiations at standstill and looming risks of violence – a 30-year-old man was shot to dead when the sit-in began earlier this week -, around 500 hundred inhabitants from the nearby Villa 20 shantytown remained in the area demanding urgent housing solutions.