Infobae (based in Miami) has been picking up some interesting stories. This one about potential new law for dealing with squatters. And of course the demonstrably corrupt Boric government is unsurprisingly on the side of the … squatters. But once in a great while the legislature actually tries to do something right.
In Spanish of course but a brief translation:
Controversy in Chile over a new law that would enable landowners to remove land usurpers by themselves-- Law was approved in the Chamber of Deputies but the Boric government warned that it will not enact it, calling it “criminal populism”.
Santiago: With 89 votes in favor, 43 against and 3 abstentions, the Chilean Chamber of Deputies approved the controversial law on squatters [ —original article used the term “usurpations”] intended to increase the penalties for those who take real estate or land [belonging to others] , with or without violence.
This law attempts to classify illegal occupation [ “squatting”] as a crime and punish it with prison sentences, and has been long awaited.
Carolina Tohá, [Communist Party Ministress of the Interior] went to Congress, saying that “we have had a disproportionate expansion of land occupations, in a very significant part of which there is pure and simple business of various types, in the north and in the south. In the south, sometimes these are masked with the excuse of the Mapuche cause. In the north, just look along the coast and see entire cities of houses on the beach that are all illegal squats. And also throughout Chile there are a large number of encampments that have spread as a result of the increase in the cost of housing and,basically, rent.”
The government wants this legislative project to be approved, except for one detail. A clause provides the privilege of “legitimate defense” by legal property owners and allows citizen’s arrest at any time the seizure is conducted. Basically, this would allow the owner to hire a group of people to remove the squatters any way they can.
Although the Boric government tried to amend this provision, their changes were not accepted by the legislature and the project advanced the bill as-is, despite bitter debate in the chamber and Boric coalition votes against that feature.
Republican Party deputy Cristián Araya noted that "what we see is a real protection of illegal property seizures. The only way to face the security crisis that Chile is going through is starting with the most basic things, which is to reestablish the rule of law. And in that sense, fighting with energy and force the illegal takeovers is a fundamental matter. "
There is more in the article - so polish your Spanish and read it…