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Guernica, the day after: neighbors who came to cartonear and four arrested for wanting to reoccupy


On the premises, guarded by the Police, they continued to demolish structures, but allowed people to enter to look for materials.

Rocio Magnani

10/30/2020 7:58 PM

  • Clarí

  • Society

Updated 10/30/2020 8:28 PM

The eviction from Guernica

“was terrible, a war”

, assures Lidia (32).

This Friday he was able to enter the property where the taking took place and around noon he gathered wood for the wood-fired oven that he has in his house, two blocks from the settlement.

"Everything is burned, what is left


" he


About a hundred meters away, the rubble of three squares still burns.

There are also mechanical shovels that knock down poles and other structures.

From early on, the Buenos Aires Police - in charge of guarding the perimeter of the 100 hectares - allowed the entry of

neighbors and cardboard workers seeking to recover materials


There was also a group of about 10 people who entered a sector of the property with wood and other elements, with the intention of re-building boxes in the place.

The police told them to leave and four of them, who resisted, were arrested, according to the prosecutor in the case, Juan Cruz Condomí Alcorta. 

Among the neighbors who came to cardboard was Lidia.

It was with his 3-year-old daughter and some nieces.

“I feel sad that they have evicted.

We had come to the shooting every weekend because there were games and drawing workshops for the children, ”he says.

Visitación (70) affirms that “he already saw it all”, while

carrying a wooden door, which he is going to use to make a chicken coop


Milagros, just 9 years old, sweats to keep up with him as she holds the wood from the other end.

"Yesterday we wanted to enter, but the Buenos Aires did not let us," says the woman.

The flat is a seedbed of objects snatched up in the eviction, such as a plastic chair with a melted side, a toy kitchen, or a metal platter.

Every once in a while a bunch of things appear that someone picked up and then discarded.

There is a small group of sandals, of which only one foot remained, and some blankets.

What abounds are the tattered tarps and the remains of the squares, on the burned grass.

Some residents tried to recover materials from the remains of the Guernica capture.

Photo: Luciano Thieberger.

Ángel came with his brother from the Las Lomas neighborhood, also in President Perón's party.

"It took us 40 minutes in the car," he says and explains that "it's worth it" because now they will carry a load of

iron and iron objects

on horseback

to resell


Marcelo Spadafora (54) was also a cartonero and on Thursday he used his work tool to take mattresses and other objects to a house in a neighboring neighborhood that was temporarily lent by a compadre.

This Friday he was touring the vacated property with rubber bullets and tear gas.

"All this caught me, I can't see the pain of my family and

I came here, I don't know if to turn off my sadness or to enlarge it,

" he tells



It had been three months since the Guernica property, in President Perón's party, had been taken.

The eviction - with 36 detainees who were released the same day - finally took place this Thursday, one day before the deadline established by court order expired.

On Wednesday, the Province had closed the dialogue table, in which, according to the assembly of delegates of the taking, there was already a preliminary agreement with one of the sectors of the taking and advanced negotiations with the rest.

Human rights organizations denounced to the judge who is in charge, Martín Rizzo, "the disproportionate use of force by the police authorities."

The 36 detainees during the eviction were released.

Photo: Luciano Thieberger.

"We came to gossip," says a man dressed in work clothes, who looks out over the remains of another booth.

Diego passes by with a sheet resting on his head "for a little barn"

that is going to be built.

A few meters away, Federico (12) takes care of a pile of "junk" that he will try to resell.

Standing among materials, Rodrigo (13) tells that one of the evicted was his uncle.

Claudia, another neighbor, collects strips of wood that she had lent to an occupying family to build a house on the land:

"I'm sad, many people stayed on the street."

Many evicted families spent the night in the square in front of the Municipality of Guernica.

Photo: Luciano Thieberger.

Many families spent the night with relatives or acquaintances.

Another group stayed in the square in front of the Municipality of Guernica.

The Buenos Aires Ministry of Social Development made available to the families evicted from the property three inns in a dining room, a children's home and a Guernica club, which had the possibility of immediately receiving families who did not have a roof to spend the night .

Only eight families used them

, as reported by


sources of dependency by Andrés Larroque, who also also envisaged the construction of three "transitional devices" open, if demand required.

Some squares continued to smoke this Friday in the taking of Guernica.

Photo: Luciano Thieberger.

Until October 15, the last day established by the Justice for the occupants to leave the property voluntarily, the provincial government reported that it had signed 732 agreements with families of the taking for construction materials or subsidies of up to 30 thousand pesos per month , for a semester, to leave the premises.

And then, an allocation in six months of 3,000 lots with services, where these families would have priority.

At a press conference at the Obelisk this Friday, the Assembly of Delegates demanded "an immediate meeting with the government for a proposal for a comprehensive land solution for the more than 1,400 families."


Source: clarin

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