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Shooting at 'Pope Francis' settlement leaves 7 police officers wounded

Families that were living in the Pope Francis settlement watch how security forces evict the area and remove their precarious homes.

Seven Metropolitan Police officers were left with gunshot wounds as a result of clashes with a group of drug criminals in the Pope Francis settlement located in the Buenos Aires City neighbourhood of Villa Lugano.

Security forces both the City's and federal last weekend evicted around 500 families that had occupied the land there in demand for urgent housing plans. The forced eviction was decided after an 18-year-old was killed during a robbery attempt taking authorities to denounce the so called "Pope Francis" settlement was turning into a home for criminals.

Still, some squatters resisted the eviction and remained there.

According to reports, the police was going to conduct a raid on Thursday to arrest a drug traffickers’ gang in an area close to the Lugano settlement but the operation was frustrated. UNEN party’s BA City legislator Gustavo Vera denounced yesterday that drug criminals “had not been evicted” from the conflicted area and that they were the ones shooting against the Metropolitan Police officers today’s early morning.

“They passed the bulldozers over the poor and forgot about drug dealers (…),” Vera wrote in his official Twitter account.

In the meantime, the Fernández de la Cruz Avenue between the Pola and Escalada streets remains closed as a group of families rejected to be transferred to a City shelter after being evicted from the Pope Francis site.

Around 15 tents have been set up with approximately 100 people living there. According to official information, this group remained away from the site of today’s shooting.

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Tags:  Pope Francis  shooting  settlement  Villa Lugano  police  drug traffickers  





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