Argentine eviction ends with 3 dead, 30 wounded

Argentine officials say three people have been killed and 30 wounded during a clash that erupted when police evicted about 700 squatters from an agricultural company’s property.

Thursday’s violence in Jujuy province involved unemployed and homeless families squatting on land owned by Ledesma. The company is a leading producer of sugar, paper and fruit juice.

Hospital director Roberto Maizel says one police officer and two squatters died. He says 11 other officers suffered gunshot wounds.

Maizel says the squatters were organized by a group that advocates for Argentina’s jobless and landless. Activists responded to the eviction by breaking windows and painting graffiti on the provincial government’s offices in Buenos Aires.

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