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Argentina: Police and protesters clash over contested land

Lucke kastro

Oct. 29, 2020

Police clashed with protesters in Argentina on Thursday while evicting them from their makeshift homes on a contested property south of Buenos Aires, according to authorities.
Most of those being evicted were compliant with instructions from the security forces. However, there were a handful of incidents recorded where some residents responded by throwing stones. Six police officers sustained injuries and at least 30 people were arrested.
Increasing tensions
Tensions had been increasing in the Buenos Aires area of ​​Guernica, located about 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) south of the capital, after hundreds of families began taking up residence in shacks on the land from the end of July.
Some 600 families subsequently signed an agreement with authorities to leave the land. In return, the squatters would receive building materials and money to help them find residence elsewhere.
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