What’s Going on in Parque Indoamericano, Villa Lugano, Buenos Aires?
Less than 2 blocks from where we live, there is a days long violent protest. Displaced residents of Villa 20 who were forced from their homes took over Parque Indoamericano on Monday.
Two were shot and killed, many say by the police who were sent to throw them out of Villa 20 Tuesday. Police say the many injured (including a baby) and the two that were killed were all shot by small caliber bullets (as if that proves anything if it is indeed the truth). A police source also says police sustained injuries from small caliber bullets.
Neighbors are very upset. Seba went to a meeting at 7:00 tonight, but said there was nothing going on aside from the signing of a petition to change the judge who ordered that the protesters be given toilets, food and water. Residents of the nearby (legal) apartments are seeking to have the case transferred to another judge since the public park, fires, and violence are seen as a threatening intrusion.
We hear shooting right now from our apartment.
Less than half an hour ago, we looked through the fence to the park and saw fires burning. Seba said he could see people still throwing rocks. Residents are protesting the protesters.
Clarín reports there are more than 250 families in the park. You can see photos of the early part of the protest and construction of the tents by following that link.
Seba’s mom just called and says neighbors from the other side of the main road (Escalada) have stopped traffic on the highway that leads to the airport. We hear the sirens and honking from here.