Repression Against Land Seizure in Colombian Metropolitan Areas

Violent evictions have occurred in the slums of large cities amid the social and economic state of emergency caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In one of the country's most impoverished districts of Cali, the third-largest city in Colombia, over 70 families are currently occupying derelict land. People are demanding dignified housing.

"Particularly now, in times of coronavirus, confinement in precarious neighborhoods is unbearable," one of the squatters explained to German online newspaper 'amerika21' on Monday. On Sunday, the families had returned to the occupied area in the Siloé quarter after the police counter-insurgency squad (ESMAD) had forcibly removed them on Saturday.

Four weeks ago, the families erected their homes on derelict land. These were destroyed, and . . .

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