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What’s Going on in Parque Indoamericano, Villa Lugano, Buenos Aires?

December 9, 2010

Inter-neighborhood meeting: This is to inform you that today, Dec. 9, we're calling a meeting about the taking of Parque Indoamericano. Your presence is needed in defense of the public space at Plaza Calabria at Escalada and Castañares.

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.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. December 9, 2010 11:21 pm

    oh man, those poor people. Were they evicted from squats or what? Stay safe, and I hope a resolution comes quickly.

    • December 10, 2010 12:36 am

      Yeah. Just wrote about it for Change, too. ( http://matadornetwork.com/change/villa-20-residents-protest-in-parque-indoamericano-buenos-aires ) And that one has audio of the neighbors hitting pots and pans and blowing horns. Everyone is pissed and I guess there’s a lot of rock throwing. It’s all that’s on the news and it’s really hard to know what’s happened exactly, but I’m pretty sure the police were shooting people in the Villa earlier this week.

      Thanks, babydoll. Oh! By the way – I’ve been walking on air all day. I’m spoiled for regular shoes – so yeah – best gift in forever!

      • December 14, 2010 12:26 am

        delighted to know that you are okay, even if the situation is crappy.

        I’m also happy that your feet are comfy. I shall direct all of my slightly-too-small shoes your way, though I am hoping I don’t make that idiot mistake again! Glad some good could come out of it!

  2. December 11, 2010 5:14 pm

    Yikes. Keep your head down.

  3. January 10, 2011 7:18 pm

    Ok so not exactly tranquil. Where you are. Stay safe.

  4. carlos permalink
    January 25, 2011 2:03 pm

    ‘A police source’?

    Since there is no other actual reporting here but just a first hand account and a rewrite of what is in the Argentine newspapers this ‘source’ is rather dubious.

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