(Reuters) – Venezuelan soldiers and officials began moving hundreds of families on Tuesday out of a half-built 45-story skyscraper that dominates the Caracas skyline and is thought to be the world’s tallest slum.
The mass eviction from the “Tower of David”, originally intended to be a bank center but abandoned since 1994 and later home to some 3,000 needy Venezuelans, proceeded peacefully.
“Necessity brought me here, and the tower gave me a good home,” said Yuraima Parra, 27, cradling her baby daughter as soldiers loaded her possessions into a truck before dawn.
“I was here for seven years. I’m going to miss it, but it’s time to move on.”
Residents were going to new homes in the town of Cua, south of Caracas, under the state’s Great Housing Mission project – a flagship policy of late socialist leader Hugo Chavez.