La Toma

What is affected
Housing Social/public
Land Social/public
Type of violation Forced eviction
Date 01 April 2006
Region LAC [ Latin America/Caribbean ]
Country Chile
Location ‘La Toma’ settlement in Peñalolén, Santiago Province

Affected persons

Total 500
Men 0
Women 0
Children 0
Proposed solution
Forced eviction

Duty holder(s) /responsible party(ies)

Brief narrative

Source: COHRE The informal settlement ‘La Toma’ in Peñalolén, Santiago Province, with 1,800 inhabitants, was built seven years ago. During two eviction waves in April and May 2006, police and soldiers brutally evicted approximately 500 inhabitants. Some residents received a subsidy for basic housing from the Ministry of Housing and Urbanism, but several did not receive compensation or alternative housing. The eviction was carried out violently: beatings were reported, and houses and personal belongings were destroyed. The Municipality of Peñalolén plans to set up a park in the area. The eviction was followed by a protest and a group of evictees entered a hunger strike. For full narrative, please visit:

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