29 May 2012.
Editors note: A version of this story was published at Ocupa Rosario
Rosario, Argentina – It seems like it’s an uncertain future for Argentina, after the financial crisis that first hit Argentina in 2001, today the nation faces yet another crisis. Argentina’s poor and lower middle class families are the most affected by the lack of affordable housing in all major cities across the country.
In Rosario, Santa Fe this year alone there have been more than four large land occupations of both privately and publicly owned properties. Unable to pay high rent prices, families out of desperation build shanty towns on any piece of vacant land. (source: La Capital
) The city responded to these mass occupations by serving families with eviction notices.(video
) Currently, there are 80000 uninhabited homes in Rosario alone. (source: Notiexpress
camped in front of the Municipal Palace in Rosario, Santa Fe at the Plaza 25 de Mayo for 126 consecutive days to shed light on the lack of housing for the poor and discrimination between the classes. Our side of the story was made public at Occupied Stories
. The city claimed that we were disorderly and constantly engaging in violent and malicious acts of protests. Mainstream media rarely covered the true events, however, we have released a cronological documentary depicting live events telling our side of the story on Youtube
As the crisis deepens and many poor neighborhoods face mass evictions Occupy Rosario has pledged their support by publishing a “How to avoid eviction
” page on their website and presenting the need for housing and equality for the poor at city council meetings. The struggle for equal rights, housing and dignified work continues.