IN an unusual factthe justice of Santiago del Estero issued a an arrest warrant for “usurpation” against the director of the gender and equality division of the nation’s deputy minister of family, rural and indigenous agriculture, Deolinda Carrizowhen performing his duties in the context of a territorial conflict in a rural area of that province.
The resolution was signed by the Judge of Control and Warranties of the City of Santiago, Ana Cecilia Vitar, at the request of the assistant prosecutor Lujan Gonzalez Garayagainst Carrizo and eight members of the Rural Movement of Santiago del Estero (Mocase), accused of interfering with an eviction order — which they denounced as arbitrary and rigged — of a family in El Urunday, in the town of Roversi, in the department of Moreno, about 250 kilometers east of the provincial capital, near the Chaco border.
“There is no explanation that the warrant for the arrest of my man as a national officer has been sent: This is yet another way for the judiciary to run over and attack the rights of rural families.”considers Carrizo, in dialogue with Page 12. Organizations for human rights and people’s economy, incl CELS, APDH and UTEP “vehemently rejected the criminalization and remand motion” against Carrizo. “We demand that their full freedom be guaranteed,” Luna Miguens, coordinator of CELS’s economic, social and cultural rights area, told this newspaper.
this monday Mocase’s lawyer, Maria Jose Venancio, filed for parole for Carrizo and the others accused of “usupation.” It has not yet been issued, he told the newspaper this afternoon.
“I was present at the site as an employee of the nation-state to guarantee the rights of a peasant, an indigenous and family farming family, who at that time was subject to an eviction claim.to show solidarity, as in many other cases that we accompany,” said Carrizo of Santiago del Estero.
At the national level, he specified, more than 180 cases have reached the undersecretary of family, rural and local agriculture in which they intervene, as in this last one from El Urunday, “so that justice can listen and consider right to land — of affected families — which is the only place where they live, it is their roots, their way of life, where they do their daily work, produce and reproduce rural, local and family farm life”the clerk explained. and warned that It is “not an isolated event” that there are arrest warrants in the context of eviction orders in the province of Santiago del Estero. Carrizo is part of Mocase. He lives in the town of Kimili, in Santiago del Estero, 200 kilometers from the provincial capital.
“In Argentina, thousands of rural and indigenous communities who have lived and worked on their land for decades live under the constant threat of being evicted from their land.. This latent threat translates into harassment and acts of violence—which can include practices such as poisoning animals or arson—often with complicity of the judiciary and security forces”Miguens warned. And he added: “Instead of criminalizing those who protect the communities that have lived and farmed the land for decades in a way that is more respectful of the environment, the state should recognize them as owners and guarantee their right to the land .”
Mokasse’s lawyer gave details of the operation that led to the arrest warrant against Carrizo and the other members of the movement, including family members, who were ordered to evict some 212 hectares. The procedure took place on Friday, August 26, in the morning hours, when “the provincial police under the command of judicial officer Moreno Cilia, proceeded to expel the family of Carlos Esteban Medina from her territoryin the El Urunday area of the town of Roversi, Department of Moreno,” he announced.
Medina lives there with his partner Mirta Belizan and their children Lucas, 22, Mauro, 20, Christian, 17, Julian, 13, and a 6-year-old granddaughter. “The whole family works in the fields, raises animals: more than 60 cows, 300 hens, more than 20 pigs, turkeys, ducks, hens. Faced with this situation of extreme violation of the rights of a peasant family and accompanied by Mokasse, the territory was not abandoned”Venantius explained. He also indicated that the eviction order was issued by the College of Civil Judges No. 1, in the city of Santiago del Estero, pursuant to a judgment within “file No. 685736 – year 2020, records “Ríos Guillermo Marcelino v/ Medina Carlos Esteban c/Eviction – Summary’ ”.
In a dialogue with this newspaper, he indicated that the legal process began with a request for the approval of an agreement with an eviction request initiated by Guillermo Marcelino Ríos, “based on two agreements signed on February 12, 2019 at the notary office of Gómez Terzano (Notary Register No. 16) of Santiago del Estero, one for a loan, Rios being the lender and Medina the borrower, and another for unemployment.
These instruments establish that Rios lends the property to Medina for a period of 12 months and undertakes to vacate it at the end of that period, which is in February 2020. Rios only claims that he is entitled to the property because “he is a native of Roversi and that as a teenager he moved to the capital city of Santiago del Estero and never lived there again, and that he now visits often because he has a teaching position there,” said Atty. Medina claims he didn’t know what he was signing, that Rios told him it was to stop a businessman (surname Parra) with whom the family had a conflict, from bothering them.. Medina, Venancio points out, has partial visual impairment and up to second grade formal education. Rios, on the other hand, “never proved that he is the owner or possessor of the property he claims,” he added. Justice never conducted an inspection or judicial review of the property to verify who was living and what was the situation of the Medina family.
In this context, Carrizo together with members of Mocase were present on the stage to condemn “once again the subordination of the judicial system to the rights of rural families.