Spain Evictions

Rosario Echevarria Pedrezuela, left, her sister, right, and a housing right activist, centre, look at the police cordon the area around the apartment to evict her in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Feb. 16, 2015. The apartment occupied by Echevarria Pedrezuela, her husband Angel Echevarria Gabarri, 35, and their two children, aged 5 and 8 belongs to Bankia bank, after the previous owner was unable to continue paying the mortgage. The family occupied the foreclosed apartment ten months ago after they were evicted from their previous home. With both Echevarria Pedrezuela and her husband being unemployed and the family’s sole income being a state benefit of euro 530 ($ 604), they could not afford to pay rent. Attempts to negotiate a low rent with the bank were turned down, resulting in the family’s eviction by police. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

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