Officials in Colombia evicting poor families during coronavirus outbreak
Then last month, Cupitra says, government security forces came, forced her family out of the makeshift dwelling and razed it.
“They threw us out like dogs. They didn’t give me any notice,” she said. “I begged them to give me time, but most of my things were destroyed.”
Authorities in the Colombian capital have imposed a strict lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Mayor Claudia López has taken to the streets with a loudspeaker to tell people to stay home. The country has reported more than 28,000 cases and 900 deaths.
But that hasn’t stopped authorities from evicting hundreds of families from the informal Altos de la Estancia settlement since the beginning of May.
Residents of the unauthorized settlement, many of them refugees from the country’s half-century civil war, say the evictions have reduced their number from 1,000 families to around 100.
City officials, who have razed similar settlements elsewhere, say they are protecting the …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]