Peru

Police have forcibly removed thousands of squatters in rural Peru. Land disputes in the Arequipa region of Peru have caused Peruvian police to respond with tear gas attacks and widespread arrests of the squatters in the city of Chavey. Discussions between the landowners and the squatters regarding land ownership and transfer broke down recently, eventually leading to the violent reactions and multiple arrests. (April 3, 2013, Al-Jazeera; April 3, 2013, Guardian UK)