The Venezuelan government has finished evacuating thousands of squatters from the Tower of David, which overlooks Caracas’ slums, and is the tallest and most distinct building in the capital city's skyline.
The one-time office tower is a symbol of how prosperous Venezuela once was and its current dilapidated state reflects growing inflation and poverty problems in the country. Some of the squatters were people seeking refuge from growing daily violence in the sprawling city.
“This is not an eviction, this is a coordinate operation, harmoniously carried out with the community of the Confinanzas towers, that implies moving from here to units in Misión Vivienda”, stated Ernesto Villegas, minister for the Transformation of Gran Caracas, to a local TV station. Those units are located in Valles del Tuy.
On Twitter, users are posting some images from the so called skyscraper-favela of Caracas:
— SuNoticiero (@SuNoticiero) julio 22, 2014
Know why the famous Tower of David is being evicted (PHOTOS).
— Reportero24 (@Reportero24) julio 22, 2014
CARACAS: Since last night, the “Tower of David” is being evicted. Since 2007 the building was invaded by squatters.
Una de las temporadas de la serie tv Homeland fue ambientada en Torre de David. En este reportaje se observa> https://t.co/bLbye6WSgF
— Beatriz Adrián (@Beadrian) julio 22, 2014
One of the seasons of TV show Homeland was set in the Tower of David. On this report, we watch.