Monday, December 10, 2012

Spain: Bankia offices occupied by mortgage-slavery victims (and other pride and horror stories from bank-owned Spain)

The offices of Bankia in the KIO towers of Madrid were occupied by a group of indebted homeowners demanding that the foreclosure ends the mortgage debt (as happens in every single other civilized country) and a social rent apartment to get through the difficulties. 

After some theater to facilitate their access to the offices, they remained in them for three hours demanding that some executive of the bank (which, let's not forget is owned by the public, which is paying dearly for it) met them. None did and they were eventually evicted by police and charged with trespassing. 

These people have been for 50 days sleeping in the street as means of protest against the continuity of debt after foreclosure, which is effectively debt-slavery. The occupation actually happened today because it is the International Day of Human Rights and the foreclosures violate nothing less than 25 articles of the International Declaration on the matter. 

Source: Público[es] (includes short video).

Protest prevents foreclosure

The camping of three people, two members of the affected family and a solidary activist of Stop Deshaucios, camped for weeks at the ceiling of the Municipal Housing Company of Madrid, which eventually decided to stop the eviction of the poor seven-member family.

Source: Público[es].

Kills herself upon eviction

A woman aged 62 apparently jumped through the window of her home in Peñafiel, as she and her husband were going to be evicted for not paying the rent.

Source: Público[es].

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