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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 18:46 (3954 days ago) @ D-Loco

How do squatters acomplish all this....

With the help of vote-seeking politicians and their connections as well as "leaders" who claim to represent the squatters and receive a "quota" from them for "finding" land and taking care of all the paperwork.

Do they buy (or get) the land title before they move on to it?

Nope. Any land is fair game, especially if it isn't fenced in and doesn't have anything built on it. BUT ejiditarios won't put up with their nonsense here so none of the ejido lands have been stolen. Also, the federal government won't put up this crap either since they don't run for local elections, so you won't find one single squatter in federally administered lands of Ixtapa.

Does a private party own the land before hand and it is just taken from them w/o any compensation?

It's usually public lands that are stolen with the help of public servants, including those entrusted with protecting those lands, but all up and down Playa Larga and Playa Blanca there are disputes between people who call themselves property owners and other folks who have moved in during the past 20 years.

Are there dwellings already on the land that people live in and they are booted out so the squatters can move in?

Nope, they clear the trees, dig the earth out of the hillside to level it and put up a shack and call it a dwelling. In many cases they don't live in them or else rent them out to extremely poor people so that it looks like needy people are occupying them.

Do the squatters get jobs in the community or are they like Gypsies?

The great majority have little education and no marketable skills to contribute to our already saturated workforce. Many simply decide why pay rent when they can acquire some practically free land and sell it for a heck of a lot more than they paid for it.

Where do they come from and how many at a time?

Some are from the community, but many have come from places like Tecpan de Galeana, Coyuca de Benítez or Acapulco de Juárez where squatting land to get the title is practically a family business shared among different generations and extended family. They trickle in fairly constantly, often picking choice times such as holidays and right before elections when either no one will be paying attention or else politicians will kiss up to them for their votes. They have caused the population to practically double here in the past ten years or so.


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