March 10, 2014
Judge orders Villa Lugano eviction, squatters urge 'resistance'
Judge Gabriel Vega has ruled to evict the Villa Lugano neighbourhood lands that remain occupied by a group of families since Monday. Buenos Aires City attorney general Julio Conte Grand confirmed the decision following a hearing with City officials earlier this morning.
According to Conte Grand, Judge Vega ordered the “pacific evictition” of the lands that around 500 families from the nearby Villa 20 shantytown took over in demand for housing solutions by the beginning of this week, already claiming the life of a 30-year-old man who was shot to death allegedly during a fight.
Following the news of the court ruling, one of the protesters in Villa Lugano warned they “will resist without generating any vionlence.” “No one moves from here,” the man told reporters.
“There are parents with their little children, single moms, young people, old people and we will not move from here. And the judge will be responsible if we turned out injured or dead or whatever happens, he should assume the responsibilities of the case,” he added and denounced the Mauricio Macri administration "promised" them "lands, subsidies" but received nothing yet.
“The eviction is an injustice because we have the right to file an appeal,” the protester insisted and referred to the Parque Indoamericano 2010 tragic eviction when four people were killed during clashes with the Metropolitan police.
“The Indoamericano eviction caused four dead, injured and people beaten and all of it because some have the impunity to hold a badge and a stick to do whatever they want to do."
No federal police
Meanwhile, Security Secretary Sergio Berni had warned earlier this morning that the federal police will not be involved in the Lugano eviction.
“If there is a Metropolitan police with 5,000 officers they can do it,” Berni considered throwing the ball in Mayor Mauricio Macri’s court after days of rising criticism by the federal official accusing both the BA City government and the attorney in charge of the case of failing to settle the land dispute.