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Thousands evicted from Caracas skyscraper

Squatters Forced To Move From 'World's Tallest Slum'

It's known as the Tower of David in Venezuela and is thought to be the world's tallest slum. Now, thousands of squatters are being forced to leave.

The BBC reports "The building has stopped, the money has run out and the squatters have moved in. ... This is a symbol, in many ways, of what Venezuela has become. All of those dreams dashed and a country on the edge."

And if that looks familiar to you, it may be because the Tower of David was featured in the thriller TV series "Homeland."

Which is probably a big reason why the story is making so many Western headlines.

There could be as many 3,000 squatters living in the Caracas high-rise. The Washington Post reports the minister for revolutionary transformation told reporters it is not an eviction.

He instead calls it "peaceful" and labels it a "coordinated operation."

But just because he's not calling it an eviction doesn't mean others aren't.

The people living there aren't being led onto the street. NBC reports they're going south of Caracas into new homes as part of a state housing project.

The program is expected to build 3 million homes by 2019, something The Guardian called "astonishing."

"Although they are state-provided, the new homes become the occupants' property, financed by mortgages. The cost of the house varies according to income: the very poorest get a 100% subsidy."

It's unclear what will happen to the tower, but some reporters are speculating Chinese banks were looking to restore it.

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coopdabomb July 23 2014 at 1:04 PM

I hear osama obama is waiting outside with obamaphones and voter cards

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ddstan1120 July 23 2014 at 1:50 PM

Check out how communism really works.
Coming to the USA soon, with Obama's and his regime's plans.

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sixshooterjunction ddstan1120 July 23 2014 at 7:57 PM


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David July 23 2014 at 4:49 PM

Keep herding them north and eventually they will make it to our border where they will also be given a free house and subsidies.

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libsfault David July 23 2014 at 6:56 PM

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boardsrbetter July 23 2014 at 10:54 AM

I dont get it. They start off by saying the country is broke, then they want to build 2 million houses and give them to people.

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mgt0331 July 23 2014 at 10:36 AM

Free ride is over. Maybe Shawn Penn and his buddy can build homes for these people.

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larry July 23 2014 at 2:12 PM

Just how poor can this country be if they are building homes and giveing them to the homeless ??? The takers keep takeing. get a job and stop liveing off everyone else. Moochers

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sadiemae1214 larry July 23 2014 at 9:42 PM

WOW, learn how to spell!

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ddiribbons July 23 2014 at 4:43 PM

This is the result of Hugo Chavez's fundamental transformation of the Venezuelan government to National Socialism and Marxism. Same as Obama wants to do in fundamentally transforming the U.S. And what is sad is there are millions of people on the government teat that will like it.

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Odens Fist July 23 2014 at 1:05 PM

Venezuela is a complete failure, a prime example of socialism collapsing in on istelf.. We saw it happen to the home of Communism, the U.S.S.R , which no longer exists, communisim and socialism are kissing cousins..
The definition of insanity, trying the same approach over and over again, and expecting different results..
Let them eat cake.

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dal July 23 2014 at 5:02 PM

A couple of air wicks and some paint and we are back up and going.

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wlh1923 dal July 23 2014 at 6:51 PM

Or one of those implosion companies

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sun1045 July 23 2014 at 2:11 PM

Socialism at work....

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jcmaxpu sun1045 July 23 2014 at 2:39 PM

communism at work camouflaged as social christian politics

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