The “Beverly Hills” community in Barquisimeto is one example of unused land and building takeovers in Venezuela by people and communities. Under the new Venezuelan Constitution people have the right to occupy unused land or buildings based on their right to housing and land. This particular takeover consists of an unfinished apartment building and the land surrounding it that was designated to become an upper-class housing project but was abandoned. The occupants have constructed their own houses, established their own basic services and formed a communal council all within one year, and have often faced threats of eviction by local authorities but have successfully resisted.
We are a group of students and professors from the Evergreen State College who have been in a program called "Venezuela: Building Economic and Social Justice" and traveled to Venezuela.
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