Gesu squatters risk eviction

Around 200 residents – including 90 children – of the “Gesu Squat” risk eviction, following the decision of the local mayor. The Gesu site is a former convent, that is squatted since several years. Many of the residents are “undocumented immigrants” coming from North Africa and Eastern Europe.

The owner of the site plans to construct a luxury hotel, but had given the residents a few more months until the winter is over. The mayor decided thursday evening though that the situation is too dangerous – citing drug problems and prostitution as the main problems – and ordered the eviction of the building within 24 hours. The police could still carry out an eviction until 5 p.m. today, but it is not clear whether this would still happen. No solution has been found yet for the residents. 

Other than the eviction, many fear arrestations and the possibility of being placed in detention centers.

Perla and her mother - of Slovakian origin - fear to lose the roof above their head.

Perla and her mother – of Slovakian origin – fear to lose the roof above their head.

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A lawyer who defends the squatters explains that the mayor refuses to negotiate.

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