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article imageFamily with newborn baby evicted in Madrid, Spain

By Anne Sewell     Jun 28, 2014 in World
Madrid - In the latest in ongoing evictions in Spain, Spanish police arrested six people Friday who were trying to stop the eviction of a family with three children in Madrid, the youngest only 20 days old, from their home.
Police sources are saying that one of the protesters tried to grab a gun from one of their officers.
However, Manuel San Pastor, lawyer for the anti-evictions lobby PAH, criticized the “extreme violence” used by police during the eviction. Two people were injured in the incident, which occurred in the working-class neighborhood of Usera.
Europa Press (Spanish language) reported that activists belonging to PAH had said that the family consisted of two unemployed parents, named as Jorge and Yolanda by El Diario newspaper (Spanish language), their eight- and seven-year-old children and their baby, virtually newborn, as it was born only 20 days ago. A photo of all their belongings out on the street can be viewed here.
The PAH lawyer, Pastor announced that “for every eviction that takes place, they will look for an empty property” in which to house those who have been affected.
However, the bank involved, Kutxabank told Europa Press that what happened Friday in the district of Usera was not an ordinary eviction, but was a court-ordered eviction after the family occupied a house owned by the state. A representative for the bank said, "It's not an eviction as a result of a mortgage default, it has nothing to do with an eviction."
The bank representative continued by saying that the company had agreed to delay the court-ordered eviction until the woman gave birth, but, as the family has not since moved, they had to take action.
Due to the building crisis in Spain dating back to 2008, there are many empty apartments and houses countrywide. In fact, back in February 2014, The Local posted an article saying that the empty homes in Spain could accommodate all the homeless of Europe.
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