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Mauritius: 500 families squatting land under threat of eviction by the owners




Mauritius: 500 families squatting land under threat of eviction by the owners
Living in shacks of fortune without water or electricity for more than five years on land that they do not owe, 500 families in Residences La Cure, in the North of the island are threatened with manu militari expulsion on the part of the owners and have until October 2 next to leave illegally as the newspaper Le Défi Quotidien relates.

A judicial decision of the Supreme Court of Mauritius had ruled on 26 March last against them and demanded their departure within a period in two weeks.

An onsite visit of Aurore Perraud, Member of Parliament accompanied by Xavier-Luc Duval, Minister of Finance and Minister of Housing, Abu Kassenally had delayed the ultimatum.

But since the squatters were engaged in a standoff with the authorities and have decided to stay having no other shelter at their disposal for the time being.

"The people in need will be relocated. We will find a land for them at Pointe - aux-Sables", said last Thursday the Minister of Lands and Housing, Abu Kassenally.
Rehousing squatters should cost 20 million rupees (500,000 euros).



Fabrice François


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