October 31, 2014
City gov't defends Lugano eviction, defies 'mafia, drug traffickers'
The Buenos Aires City government has defended the eviction at a precarious settlement in the neighbourhood of Lugano with deputy mayor María Eugenia Vidal saying the Mauricio Macri administration will not allow “mafia” and “drug traffickers” to “take advantage of public space.”
“Facing the need of a housing solution, taking over public space is not the way. The City government will resolve it in a legal way,” Vidal said in an improvised press conference while the BA City metropolitan police and military police carried out an eviction in the neighbourhood of Lugano where around 500 families took over lands in demand for urgent housing policies earlier this year.
“We can not let a few taking advantage of the needs of many,” Mauricio Macri’s second-in-command said alluding to some people that have been accused of selling and renting plots in the settlement. “Neither mafia nor drug trafficking will take advantage of the public space which belongs to everybody”, Vidal affirmed.
“Meanwhile, City’s Security Minister Guillermo Montenegro said the eviction was carried out with “absolute normality” and explained that the Social Development Minister was already starting to work with the families that were evicted and have them transferred to other areas.
Still, neither Vidal nor Montenegro gave certain information on when the evicted will be granted with a housing plan or when the building of houses will start.