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Thu Dec 20, 2012, 05:00 PM


Spain's evicted are moving into vacant properties

Wave of Evictions Leads to Homeless Crisis in Spain

The first night after Francisco Rodríguez Flores, 71, and his wife, Ana López Corral, 67, were evicted from their small apartment here after falling behind on their mortgage, they slept in the entrance hall of their building. Their daughters, both unemployed and living with them, slept in a neighbor's van.
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"It was the worst thing ever," Mrs. López said recently, studying her hands. "You can't image what it felt like to be there in that hall. It's a story you can't really tell because it is not the same as living it."

Things are somewhat better now. The Rodríguezes are among the 36 families who have taken over a luxury apartment block here that had been vacant for three years. There is no electricity. The water was recently cut off, and there is the fear that the authorities will evict them once again. But, Mrs. López says, they are not living on the street — at least not yet.


For some, the pressure has been too much to bear. In recent weeks, a 53-year-old man in Granada hanged himself just hours before he was to be evicted, and a 53-year-old woman in Bilbao jumped to her death as court officials arrived at her door.

Yet at the same time, the country is dotted with empty housing of all kinds, perhaps as many as two million units, by some estimates. Experts say more and more of the evicted — who face a lifetime of debt and a system of blacklisting that makes it virtually impossible for them to rent — are increasingly taking over vacant properties or moving back into their old homes after they have been seized.


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Thu Dec 20, 2012, 05:26 PM



Power to the people who find a way to get by during a bad time. The bastard bankers should be shot for their cold hearted ways. They are quick to take the money but they FAIL to negotiate with people to find a way to make a deal. The evil people only see money and they are heartless and soulless because they sold themselves to the devil for a coin.

All debts private and public should be canceled to get this planet back to where we can live a normal life. all paper debts are just evilness that causes more trouble than it is worth. Then we can begin to get into debt AGAIN.

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