After hearing rumors that there will be further evictions, a group of residents of the Monte Sinai sector, requested injunctions yesterday at the Provincial Court of Justice and, as a preventive measure, remained in their homes guarding them overnight.
Billy Navarrete, executive secretary of the Standing Committee on Human Rights, who accompanied the group of residents to file the complaint, confirmed the news of the possible eviction during a press conference.
“The state cannot, even if it is illegal to have settlements there, destroy houses. A process must be followed in order to carry out such actions. Many people have not been informed of the steps to take after they got their homes wrecked, and that has provoked uncertainty, anxiety, “said Navarrete.
Alongside Navarrete, was Walter Pluas, chairman of the Coordination and Community Management Committee of Monte Sinai, and representatives of the Catolica de Guayaquil, Casa Grande and Santa Maria universities, who announced they are carrying out a project called Puentes (Bridges), which has as main objective: the territorial reorganization in Monte Sinai so future families who have to get out, have a contingency plan.
“We agree with the government when it says zero invasions from 2010 till now,” said Pluas. “But we do not agree with the way they are doing things, they should have a housing plan for people who are being evicted.”