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ARGENTINA | 15-01-2024 19:10

Violent land dispute in La Matanza leaves five dead

Shots fired in violent dispute over land involving members of the Paraguayan, Peruvian and Bolivian communities in González Catán, La Matanza. At least five killed and half-a-dozen injured.

A violent dispute over land involving members of the Paraguayan, Peruvian and Bolivian communities of a populous suburb west of Buenos Aires left five people dead and half a dozen with bullet wounds, court sources said on Monday.

The episode, which took place on Sunday, but whose details were disseminated the following day, took place during a meeting of families called to discuss the sale and distribution of squatted land in González Catán, 35 kilometres from the capital city.

The local prosecutor’s office ordered several searches early in the morning on Monday to arrest the three alleged shooters, who were Paraguayan, according to the Télam state news agency.

The victims were four men, aged between 23 and 29, and a teenager aged 16.

Witnesses told the press that mothers managed to get their children accompanying the families, many of Peruvian and Bolivian extraction, out on time, before the fight broke out and the gunfire started, first with shots fired into the air and then at people.

González Catán belongs to the Buenos Aires Province district of La Matanza, the most populated in Greater Buenos Aires with 1.83 million inhabitants/

Manuel Adorni, spokesman of President Javier Milei, called the episode “horrific and regrettable" at his daily press conference.

 

– TIMES/AFP

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