At last! After years of conflicts, they evacuate the seizure of Punta Teatinos

Personnel from the Department of Citizen Security of the Municipality of La Serena, together with police from the Sixth Police Station of Las Compañías, evacuated the intake located in the Punta Teatinos beach sector, in the regional capital, carrying out the removal of materials and clearing up a point that remained in conflict for years.

The measures were deployed after the ruling of the Second Court of Letters of La Serena, which resolved the removal of the irregular inhabitants of “Lote D9”, private land that was being illegally occupied.

It should be noted that the eviction itself took place this Wednesday, after the deadline established by justice for the defendants to abandon the site had expired. The work continued this Friday with the removal of the precarious constructions that had been erected on the site.

“Today we have continued the work together with Carabineros in the eviction of the Punta Teatinos occupation, with the municipality’s Citizen Security team, without having major problems, to finish what began on Wednesday and leave that place recovered,” he indicated. to El Día, the head of the aforementioned municipal unit, Gonzalo Arceu.

According to information provided by Carabineros, three people who remained on the restored land living in rucos were inspected at the site. Regarding them, it was reported that they are adults, of Chilean nationality and without current court orders.

It is expected that the work will continue today with machinery to remove the material that was left and, thus, the NGO Clean Waves – which hopes to carry out a recovery project at the site – can carry out a cleaning of the space where the wetland is located and in its surroundings.

It should be noted that through the Community Development Directorate and the Regional Secretariat of Social Development, the specific situation of the people who were ordered to be evicted was verified.

End to a historical problem

The land in question corresponds to private property: the Ascui succession, who filed the lawsuit that led to the judicial process for the removal of the occupants.

For years, the site has been occupied by people who built settlements near the beach. This fact generated a series of conflicts, mainly due to the illegal extraction of sugarcane, in an area given over to the management of Caleta San Pedro.

On the other hand, the case of the seizure of Punta Teatinos was the subject of questioning by the NGO Olas Liminas, which brings together surfers who, in addition to reporting problems with the occupants over the use of the space, developed a project that they presented to the owners, in order to deliver the place to the community.

It should be noted that, in addition to the wetland, the place has high archaeological value, due to vestiges that have been found, such as “tacitas” stones and a Diaguita cemetery.

“It is a place where many interests, public and private, come together, and finally we have acted as unifiers of all these guidelines. We have always been in line with the conservation of the wetland, with the idea of ​​always preserving the environmental and archaeological heritage present in the place. We presented the family with a park project, which was impossible to carry out with an illegal occupation on the land,” Juan Francisco González, president of the NGO Olas Liminas, told El Día.

On the mend

The project that Olas Cleans is carrying out is called “Punta Teatinos Heritage Conservation Park”, which, in the words of Juan Francisco González, “what seeks is to protect our environmental heritage”, in one of the large wetlands in the area.

It is an initiative that González has worked on personally for more than 20 years and collectively with the NGO for a decade.

The initiative aims to “generate a space for the entire community, for public use, where we can exhibit and protect our heritage, and at the same time, provide the necessary services so that this is sustainable over time.”

Consider, in fact, infrastructure with bathrooms, exhibition halls and viewing points.

Secondarily, it would help protect the place from threats such as the passage of vehicles, which when passing through nesting areas endanger the biodiversity of the area. Likewise, it is expected that through the formal occupation of the space, the proliferation of illegal extraction of sugar cane, and security problems associated with the occupation, will be avoided.

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