‘Stigmatized, segregated, forgotten’: Colombia’s poor being evicted despite lockdowns

Posted by on June 2, 2020 5:30 am
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Authorities are forcing people from homes they say were unlawfully built during a nationwide quarantine

Don Pacho has been running from the rival factions of Colombia’s civil war his whole life. Now, he’s running from the police, as authorities in the country’s capital push on with a wave of evictions despite a strict coronavirus lockdown.

Hundreds of Bogotá’s poorest residents are caught between two brutal forces: a nationwide quarantine that makes working impossible and authorities forcing people from homes they say were unlawfully built.

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