Archiv für August 2009

Paraguay: Indigenous Squatter Communities Organise Self-Help

ASUNCIÓN, Aug 2 (IPS) – Indigenous families living in a squatter settlement on the outskirts of the Paraguayan capital are organising themselves, and now have a community soup kitchen and are producing and selling handicrafts. They don‘t want to return to panhandling on the streets of Asunción, so far from their home villages.
In the last few decades, the number of poor indigenous people on the streets of Greater Asunción has increased, as the exodus of native families from rural areas has grown.
„Anteve rosêva‘ekue la cállepe, semaforope rojerure moneda mitâkuéra ha mba‘e. Ko‘âga tres meses la ndorojuvei la cállepe“ („We used to go out on the street and ask for money, with our children, at the stoplights. But we haven‘t gone out to beg on the streets in three months“), Petrona Ruiz, one of the women running the Cerro Poty soup kitchen, told IPS in Guaraní, an official language in Paraguay along with Spanish.

Greece: Prapopoulou squat attacked, one immigrant beaten

On 1 August 2009 at 02:00 AM two thugs in helmets stopped with their motorcycle by the Prapopoulou squat and using iron bars they tried (unsuccessfully) to break doors and windows.

By pure chance at that moment a homeless immigrant, friend of the squat, was inside. When the thugs took notice of him, they launched a savage attack with their iron bars, hitting his head and body while engaging in racist hate speech. They then left, leaving behind them a container filled with petrol.

US insists Israel let Arabs squat in Jerusalem

The Obama Administration on Tuesday officially registered its displeasure with Israel over the eviction of two Arab families who were illegally squatting in a Jewish-owned building on the eastern side of Jerusalem.

The rebuke was delivered to Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren a day after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters she viewed the eviction as „deeply regrettable“ and „provocative.“

Kaikohe squatter case back in court

The dispute over the occupation of a Kaikohe building is now headed for a High Court hearing.
A group calling itself Te Uri o Tupoto has been squatting in the building for several months, claiming native title.
Businessman Glenn Hannah bought the property in a mortgagee sale and was granted the right to evict the group by the Kaikohe District Court.
However, the group went to the High Court and gained a stay of the eviction notice.
Mr Hannah says his solicitor has advised him the group’s claims of sovereign rights to the property are nonsensical, but he still has to respond to them.
He says he has been advised to have a lawyer to represent him at the substantive hearing on Monday in Whangarei.