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Anthony Sylvestre (Legal Advisor, PUP)

Lisa Shoman (Attorney for PUP)

Lisa Shoman
(Attorney for PUP)

Saturday, April 12, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting: Squatters in the area behind the under-construction Lake Independence Boulevard are being told to vacate their properties immediately to make way for development in the area.

The problem is that they say they have nowhere else to go, and their area representative now says he cannot help them. They had organized themselves last week to seek assistance, and it appears they may have found some.

While she did not wish to share details, Senior Counsel Lisa Shoman and Anthony Sylvestre confirmed that a group of squatters came to them seeking advice.

Whether those possibilities include court action is as yet unknown, but PUP leader Francis Fonseca, who is familiar with the issue as Freetown area representative which borders Lake Independence and will be connected through the project, expounded on the party’s views later on Thursday at their press conference.

According to Fonseca, the Government should be more compassionate, as while their actions should not be condoned, the families do work hard and have dependents like children and relatives to take care of.

Area representative Mark King said earlier this week that land is not readily available, so come what may the squatters will have to shelter elsewhere while he sees what can be done for them.

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