LIMA – A force of 1,500 police with officers mounted on horseback and anti-riot tanker trucks evicted 2,000 people who had occupied idle land in the Ventanilla district on Lima’s north side.
The occupiers took over an area of some 70,000 square meters (17 acres) last Wednesday, presumably encouraged by land traffickers, and since then had stood up to the cops that originally tried to remove them.
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, one by the occupiers and the other by police.
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.