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March 25, 2015

I have been camping at the site of a woman in Uruguay who is on a hunger strike to protest being displaced from her home. Her name is Delma Castro.

Here is a picture of her getting her blood pressure checked.

I believe today is her 12th day of the hunger strike. She is on a liquids only diet. She said the first few days were the hardest.

We have spent many hours talking. Mostly, I have been listening. She has had a hard life. When she was living in Chile, a foreign country to her, she was being abused by her partner. When she became pregnant for the second time, she decided it was time to leave. But he did not accept this and stalked, threatened and harassed her. She left with only the tools she used for cutting hair.

Her sons are now 19 and 16. I have met them both. Last night we had dinner together in the room of her partner while Delma stayed at her campsite by the highway. I have absorbed so much information I can not process it all right now.

It pains me so much to see how she has been treated, and how others have been and will be treated. The government wants to kick possibly hundreds of families off the the land they have been building their homes on. I visted one of the homes yesterday and also saw Delma's house for the first time. Delma and the other residents have not been fairly treated by the press, and their story has been left nearly completely untold. So I want to do something to help them and help tell their story.

This is an example of so many things that are wrong with the common system of controling or "governing" people, including

- lack of empathy

- focus on rights and laws, not needs ----- one thing I thought of today is that Delma and the others moved onto the unused land out of necessity. They need affordable, accessible homes. They need a place to live and raise their families. So I thought "Why do people eat? Is it because they have a 'right' to?" Obviously, it is because they have a need to.

So I have been wondering, what did the judge need when he ordered Delma to move out within 24 hours.

24 hours.

This is land that has been unused for years. No one is suffering because she i"s living there. But it seems the local politicians and power holders have decided the property is too valuable to let those they call the "occupas" stay there. The government is quickly losing control of the situation because so many families have moved in.

Some notes

When Delma was arrested or detained she was not given the chance to call a lawyer or her familhy.

The police did not tell her why she was being taken to the police station. They said, "They will tell you when you get there."

She was held in a very small, uncomfortable room over night.

Her partner and son were not allowed to visit her or talk to her.

She says the police deliberately made noise out side her cell so she could not sleep. She said this is typical in South America so you are weak when you face the judge.

She was told she had 24 hours to move out of the house she and her family had built, or she would be put in jail.

She was treated in the criminal court system although this should be a civl court matter.

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I will be writing more later....

Steve

 

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