Three dead as squatters clash with police in Argentina

Tony Gosling tony at
Sat Jul 30 12:38:43 BST 2011

Three dead as squatters clash with police in Argentina
03:32 29/07/2011 - BUENOS-AIRES, July 29 (RIA Novosti)

Three people were killed and some 30 injured after squatters clashed 
with police in the northern Argentinean province of Jujuy, local 
radio Continental said on Friday.

The squatters were occupying lands belonging to the local Ledesma sugar plant.

"Doctors reported the deaths of a police officer and two young 
people, who were hospitalized after the clashes... Thirty more people 
were hospitalized with injuries, including 15 policemen," the radio 
station quoted Roberto Baisel, the head of a local hospital, as saying.

A week ago over 500 families occupied a territory of 12 hectares that 
belong to the Ledesma sugar plant. They demanded that the land be 
transferred to their property and the government should finance the 
construction of houses for them. But a court ruled that the 
occupation of the land was illegal and ordered the police to retake 
the occupied territory.

According to eyewitnesses, the occupants hurled Molotov cocktails, 
stones and opened gunfire on policemen as they approached them. 
Police forces used batons, tear gas and rubber bullets in response.

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