2000 market traders starved then evicted in Lima, Peru
tony at tlio.org.uk
Wed Jun 20 16:26:18 BST 2007
Police evict at least 2,000 vendors squatting in Peru market
LIMA, Peru (AP) Police firing tear gas on Monday forced out at least
2,000 vendors who had illegally occupied a market in eastern Lima,
ending a nearly five-year standoff between the city government and the
Television images showed some vendors throwing bottles at officers who
fired back tear gas. But most peacefully left the Santa Anita market,
a dusty 200-acre piece of land where vendors sold fruit, meat and
Officials had prepared for a violent clash with the vendors, since
many had built their homes on the lot and vowed to die before being
The land belongs to a company owned by Lima's municipal government. It
had planned to open its own wholesale market on the lot, but squatters
arrived in 2002 and refused to leave.
There had been about 6,000 vendors on the lot, but many left last week
after electricity and water to the market was cut off.
Squatting in Peru's sprawling capital is common. Some of Lima's most
populous slums began with so-called "invasions," during which entire
communities moved overnight to Lima's sandy slopes.
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