December 21, 2014
Berni says Lugano settlement 'created criminals'
National Security Secretary Sergio Berni said the settlement in the City neighbourhood of Lugano “claimed the lives of three people.” On Tuesday, an 18-year-old was killed by thieves who tried to stole her purse.
“It was a place that created criminals,” Berni told reporters today while security forces – the BA City Metropolitan police and gendarmes conducted jointly the eviction of the Lugano settlement. “There was a fist dead during the occupation, then a baby and now Melina,” the secretary said referring last to the young adolescent who was killed earlier in the week during a theft attempt. The killer was found in the settlement that squatters named “Pope Francis” in honour of the Argentine pontiff.
“It had to be evicted (…) it should have been done earlier, as soon as it was occupied,” Berni insisted saying judges work only following “media pressure” instead of reacting to “facts.”
“It is the duty of the City government to relocate and assist the evicted,” the official added.