2,000 squatters in Lima evicted by 1,500 cops

July 23rd, 2012 - 11:02 am ICT by IANS  

Lima, July 23 (IANS/EFE) A force of 1,500 police personnel with officers mounted on horseback and anti-riot trucks evicted 2,000 people who had occupied idle land here.

The occupiers took over an area of some 70,000 square meters last Wednesday, presumably encouraged by land traffickers, and since then had stood up to the cops.

An overwhelming police contingent showed up Friday at the occupiers’ settlement in Ventanilla armed with tear-gas bombs and handguns they shot in the air to get the squatters to leave.

At least two people were injured in the clash.

Local television showed scenes of several people being arrested, a helicopter flying overhead and cops riding up the hill on horseback to evict the settlers.


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