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Fri Feb 22, 2013, 01:17 PM

Now We're Talkin... 'Locksmiths And Firemen Refuse To Aid Evictions In Spain' - AFP/RawStory

Locksmiths and firemen refuse to aid evictions in Spain
By Agence France-Presse/RawStory
Friday, February 22, 2013 7:33 EST

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Locksmiths and firemen in Spain are rebelling against a wave of evictions in the economic crisis by refusing to help bailiffs open ruined homeowners’ doors to throw them out.

“Families’ lives were being ruined and we were acting as executioners,” David Ormaechea, president of the Locksmiths Union, told AFP. “It was causing us tension and unease.”

A wave of evictions of mortgage-holders ruined by the recession has prompted several suicides and sparked a protest movement that last week brought a motion to parliament for a law to end the procedure.

With the locksmiths refusing to take part, some authorities have been asking the fire service to step in and break open the doors of those resisting eviction.

On Tuesday in the northwestern city of A Coruna, firefighters were called to help evict an 85-year-old woman who had defaulted on her rent.

A crowd of protestors gathered outside the apartment to block the eviction. When the firefighters arrived they refused to open the door and some of them joined in the protest. Firefighters in other regions such as Catalonia and Madrid have since followed their example.


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More: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/02/22/locksmiths-and-firemen-refuse-to-aid-evictions-in-spain/






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Reply Now We're Talkin... 'Locksmiths And Firemen Refuse To Aid Evictions In Spain' - AFP/RawStory (Original post)
WillyT Feb 2013 OP
Uncle Joe Feb 2013 #1
Mnemosyne Feb 2013 #2
haele Feb 2013 #3
WillyT Feb 2013 #4
Demo_Chris Feb 2013 #5
malaise Feb 2013 #6
WillyT Feb 2013 #7
socialist_n_TN Feb 2013 #8
WillyT Feb 2013 #9
WillyT Feb 2013 #10
WillyT Feb 2013 #11
kenny blankenship Feb 2013 #12
WillyT Feb 2013 #13

Response to WillyT (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 01:19 PM

1. Kicked and recommended.

Thanks for the thread, WillyT.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 01:47 PM

2. Off with you! K&R

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 02:23 PM

3. An earlier article indicated the old woman was only one month in default -

with her rent. As pensioners in Spain have been getting their pensions cut due to "austerity" for the past six months or so, she probably ran through all her savings to get as far as she did. At 85 years of age, there's very little she could do if she was suddenly faced with up to half of her pension cut.
She put in the years of work to earn that pension, but it's now gone, as surely as she had kept the money under her mattress and a thief took it.

According to a former Spanish teacher with freinds still in Spain, a huge issue with the foreclosures is that foriegn banks and investors are snapping up troubled asset mortgages (for pennies on the Euro) that the Spanish banks screwed up and are calling in mortgage notes and rents and foreclosing/kicking out renters as soon as the the borrower or renter starts having showing even a hint of financial issues instead of working with them to keep them in their homes. With renters, the out-of-country property holders have habitually jacked up rents as much and as soon as they can to force evictions.
The resale or "flip" of these Spanish properties bring far more quick profit to these new investors as they sell to other investors than any payments they might be able to get from a current lease or mortgage payment that would have to also be used to maintain the property.

Haele

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Response to haele (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 03:50 PM

4. Thank You For That !!!




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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 04:29 PM

5. Kick! I wish I could rec this more than once

 

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 04:31 PM

6. And so the revolution begins

It's called 'class consciousness'. Know the real enemy.

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Response to malaise (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 05:42 PM

7. We Can Hope...




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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 06:00 PM

8. Well I kicked this in LBN yesterday.......

and I'm proud to kick it in GD today.

Until we all stand up against this kind of crap like these firemen and locksmiths did and stop acting as lackeys for the banks, we can't say we're fighting back. FUCK THE BANKS AND THEIR PROFITS! PEOPLE FIRST!

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Response to socialist_n_TN (Reply #8)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 06:13 PM

9. I'm With You TN !!!




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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 07:10 PM

10. Kick !!!


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Response to WillyT (Reply #10)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 09:35 PM

11. Last Kick From Me...


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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 09:43 PM

12. Nothing much will happen until the 99% refuse to cooperate in their own oppression

This is the example to follow. We must find ways to apply it to our local situations.

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Response to kenny blankenship (Reply #12)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 09:46 PM

13. + 1,000,000,000... What You Said !!!

EXACTLY !!!





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