In the rubble, Mary uses a hammer to remove the cement that was stuck between the rods of what was the foundation of the house.s houses next to Arroyo Secoin Zapopan.
“They destroyed everything for us and now we are looking for iron to sell it and use it for tortillas,” he said as he wiped the sweat from his forehead under his black cap.
The houses that one day were next to the so-called Arroyo Seco, in Spring Hillsnow They are only memories of a heritage that was destroyed by authorities in order to avoid a major disaster in the coming rainy season.
Mary lived in the place with five other people for three years. She bought it as ejido land for 70 thousand pesos and little by little she built it with her husband to give her three minor children a place to live.
Today, they are looking for them to be relocated or paid for what they invested in what was their home.
To avoid tragedies
For his part, the president of Zapopan, Juan José Frangie, pointed out that “I am not interested in taking a political point. For me, the fact that a death would have happened is a lot. I had the great support of the federal government and great sensitivity from the National Water Commission (Conagua) and the National Guard. We personally attended them for three months and the decision was made by Conagua and GN”.
He affirmed that his role as City Council consisted of accompanying patrols and elements, although “I took great care of human rights. He had to protect the household items and he protected himself with notaries”. He assured that shelters were prepared for those affected and no one attended.
They ask them to leave
Daniela bought the place four years ago as communal land to live with her family. He did not know that it was federal property and a risk zone. He asked many times, since he arrived, even after the floods in Miramar, on the other side of the river.
This Wednesday they were asleep when they heard a knock on the door. It was seven in the morning when her neighbor told her that they were being taken out of their houses.
When he left, the streets were already closed and dozens of policemen were guarding the place.
Soon they arrived at his house, “We didn’t want to leave, but they told us that it was convenient for us to leave to the good because they had an eviction order”. They were uniformed.
They took out the essentials and the most expensive: the mattress, the stove, the clothes and important documents.
“Where are we going to live? According to them they want to protect our rights and integrity but they left us homeless. There was no need to have children crying,” he claims.
In addition to her heritage of 8 x 15 meters and two floors built, Daniela, her husband and her family they lost their work and material to do it. More than half a million pesos between the house and the material.
“We consult with lawyers, to see what we can do, but while our heritage has already been lost,” he laments.
Frangie assures that she will give support
In the plenary session of the Zapopan City Council, Juan José Frangie highlighted that there are five areas that will be evacuated with the National Guard, Although there will be support.
I am willing as municipal president to look for support schemes, cheap housing, talk to real estate agents and build x number of houses. Today I can tell you that there are few houses that were there”, he pointed out.
He stressed that the risk zone will not be extended, since it has already been defined by the National Guard and Conagua.
In addition, he announced that there will be the budget that is needed for it, according to what the councilor Pedro Kumamoto requested.
“At no time am I going to stay behind from this problem. It is not easy to make these decisions,” she expressed.
Faced with questions from the councilors of the National Regeneration Movement (Morena) and Futuro about the lack of socialization, Frengie said that the GN’s eviction was “prudent and without violence.”a. I would go more to the solutions of the people who are there”.
CEDHJ will follow up on eviction
Given the complaints of illegal and forced evictions, recorded on video by those who lived in the place, the Ombudsman, Alfonso Hernández Barrón, stated that precautionary measures have already been issued to the authorities.
Among the measures, they asked for the risk assessment instruments to be updated and, with respect to people, to do what is necessary to provide them with economic aid and places to live.
“We will be documenting and collecting material. Reports will be requested and delegated to counterparts national authorities if there were violations by the national authorities,” he said, adding that so far there have been no complaints from the neighbors, although they have launched an ex officio investigation.
lack of compensation
The TECHO association reported that the event “was a forced eviction, because affected families did not receive prior notification and they had no opportunity to defend themselves. Furthermore, they have not been awarded compensation for the huge losses they have suffered as a result of the demolition of their homes.”
In a statement, he stressed that international law allows populations to be relocated to risk areas as long as they are consulted first and given alternatives to relocate.
They asked the Jalisco authorities to fulfill their obligations and adopt measures to guarantee that this situation does not repeat itself.
“From TECHO in Mexico we make a call to respect human rights and safeguard the heritage of the affected families who live in poverty and who live in a popular settlement that adjoins communities in which we have more than 28 houses built. By last, We demand justice for the families that have been homeless since last night. for these unacceptable actions.”